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Male Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza). Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica | by Travel to Eat
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Male Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza). Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica

The Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) is found in the tropical New World from southern Mexico south to Brazil, and on Trinidad. It is the only member of the genus Chlorophanes. The green honeycreeper is 5–5.5 inches (13–14 cm) long and weighs 14 to 23 grams, averaging about 19 grams. It is less heavily dependent on nectar than the other honeycreepers, fruit being its main food (60%), with nectar (20%) and insects (15%) as less important components of its diet. The green honeycreeper is 5–5.5 inches (13–14 cm) long and weighs 14 to 23 grams, averaging about 19 grams. It has a long decurved bill. The male is mainly blue-tinged green with a black head and a mostly bright yellow bill. The apparent color of the male changes from blue-green to green-blue according to the lighting.

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Taken on February 16, 2019