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Red-legged Honeycreeper

Cyanerpes cyaneus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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...

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32 Comments (1–25)

yunseong1
yunseong1 6 years ago

Incredible picture Daniele Pralong!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks ceejayalyssa and Ali!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 7 years ago

Beautiful !

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 7 years ago

incredible colors!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you again fatima1! I'm glad you like them.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks fati1, larita1 and lucas1!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you ChristineFisher!

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Such lovely colors :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Rico Bopanna!

Rico Bopanna
Rico Bopanna 9 years ago

VERY COLOURFUL.AMAZING CAPTURE........

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Sean.

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

Beautiful Birds Daniele! :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you bong.ambutong!

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 9 years ago

Exceptional shot Daniele. odd couple and beautiful indeed.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

I knew you were complimenting Heather! No worries;-)

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 9 years ago

Daniele - I believe you - they are so brilliant that they "look fake: though. It's supposed to be a compliment but, well, there is really no way to say that where it doesn't sound like I'm accusing. I'm not. The opposite in fact. I'm complimenting. I am very impressed with the way the picture turned out. It looks like something from a movie set.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Love the Pixar comment Heather! I promise colors in the pic are natural: you just need to check the melons in the background... Some neotropical birds just have incredible colors...

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 9 years ago

They seem fake their colors are so bold!!! What a find you made. I love how they are "talking" over lunch. I expect to see these in a Pixar movie because of their bright colors.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Jaybird!

Jaybird
Jaybird 9 years ago

Nicely done.

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Great moment for a picture and great colours.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Matthijs!

Matthijs
Matthijs 9 years ago

Very nice color.. !

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

So glad you found him :-)!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Nicole. They were certainly having a conversation over lunch, as in fighting for pieces of fruit!
Off topic, I've finally found an ID for the little yellow Ethiopian bird: he's a local species of weaver bird. I will update the information shortly. Thanks again for bringing him to my attention!

DanielePralong
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DanielePralong

Cote, Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jan 19, 2008
Submitted on Aug 15, 2011

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