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Sunday, 26 April 2015

The red-legged honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)

The red-legged honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) is a small songbirdspecies in the tanagerfamily (Thraupidae). It is found in the tropical New World from southernMexico south to Peru,Bolivia and central Brazil,Trinidad and Tobago, and on Cuba, where possiblyintroduced.

The red-legged honeycreeper is on average 12.2 cm (4.8 in) long, weighs 14 g (0.49 oz) and has a medium-long black, slightly decurved, bill. The male is violet-blue with black wings, tail and back, and bright red legs. The crown of its head is turquoise, and the underwing, visible only inflight, is lemon yellow. After the breeding season, themale moults into an eclipse plumage, mainly greenish with black wings.