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Chlorophanes spiza

Green Honeycreeper

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic 7 Subspecies

Authors: Zamudio, Robert M., and Kevin J. Burns

Chlorophanes spiza

Ubatuba, Brazil; 4 July 2009 © Joao Quental

Green Honeycreepers (Chlorophanes spiza) are brightly colored tanagers found from southern Mexico to Brazil. Seven subspecies are recognized. This species occurs in the canopy of humid lowland forest.  They can be found singly or in pairs and often forage as part of mixed species flocks. Green Honeycreepers consume mostly fruit although they also consume small insects and nectar. The IUCN lists the conservation status of Green Honeycreeper as “Least Concern.” Although the Green Honeycreeper is widespread and common, little is known about many aspects of its natural history.

Recommended Citation

Zamudio, Robert M., and Kevin J. Burns. 2011. Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest edge
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern