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Short-billed Honeycreeper

Cyanerpes nitidus

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Tiny, colorful bird of forest canopy. Males are bright bluish-purple with black wings, mask, and throat; females are mostly green with a blue whisker stripe, buffy throat, and white streaking on flanks. Both sexes have dark pink legs. Not common; found in canopy of lowland rainforest and forest edge, often with mixed species flocks. Probes flowers for nectar and also eats fruit. Calls are lisping and indistinct. Short bill distinguishes this species from Red-legged and Purple Honeycreepers, both of which are considerably more common; also note dark pink legs. Female is less streaked below than female Purple.

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