Purple Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes caeruleus)
Male Purple Honeycreeper, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Brazil

The Purple Honeycreeper is distributed throughout most of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins as well as the Guianas, Trinidad and the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador. They are found in the canopy and borders of humid forest and in clearings.

Male Purple Honeycreeper, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image It has a long, slender, decurved black bill. The male is purplish blue with bright yellow legs. The lores, throat, wings and tail are black. The female is very different being mostly green above with buff round the eyes, a yellow throat with pale blue malar and pale yellow stripes on green underparts.
Male Purple Honeycreeper, Palmarí, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image They are often in large groups and/or mixed tanager flocks. They have a wide diet including insects and nectar as well as fruit.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 1, Plate 11 and Hilty & Brown, Plate 47.

Male Purple Honeycreeper, Palmarí, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image
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