Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus


The Red-legged Honeycreeper is a small relative of the tanagers that is very common in Central and northern South America from Mexico south to Brazil.  The species has a catholic diet and will feed on fruit, insects, and even nectar in a variety of forest habitats.  The male is a brilliant blue with a turquoise head, black bill and eye mask, black wings, back, and tail, and the eponymous red legs; however, after breeding, males have a molt that produces a dull eclipse-type plumage, which is atypical of Neotropical passerines.  Females are pale green throughout with dull legs.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: