Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

Order: Passeriformes  | Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Adult & Immature | Sex: Female & Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~14 cm (5.5 in). The male Green Honeycreeper is all opalescent green with a black head. The bill is slightly decurved and mostly yellow. The female has green upperparts. The throat is yellowish and grades to greenish underparts. The bill is also mostly yellow. It forages in pairs or in the company of mixed-species flocks in the canopy of mature forests, in second growth, and less often in semi-open habitats. The male’s plumage is unmistakable. The female is similar to a female Blue Dacnis but is distinguished by a yellow decurved bill and green head.

Status: The Green Honeycreeper is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1600 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Mielero Verde.

Sub-species: Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza caerulescens), Cassin, 1864.

Meaning of Name: Chlorophanes: Gr. Khloros= green and phanes, phaino= showing, to show.
spiza: Gr. Spiza, spizo= finch, to chirp.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.