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Seen here in the company of the equally colourful emerald tanager, this male red-legged honeycreeper in breeding plumage has black upperparts, bright red legs, mostly bright blue underparts and a turquoise crown. I could not get a shot of the bird in flight but then it shows a yellow vent.
Spotted here at the Arenal Observatory, Costa Rica. Lives in evergreen forest and edges, citrus and cocoa plantations, semi-open areas with scattered trees, open woodlands and clearings. Found up to 1,200 m ASL. Distribution: from southern Mexico, through Central America, southwards to Peru, Bolivia and central Brazil. Also found in Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago.
This bird's long decurved bill allows it to take nectar from flowers. The emerald tanager has its own spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/624...
Spotted on Jan 19, 2008
Submitted on Aug 15, 2011
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