Definition of honeycreeper in English:


Line breaks: honey|creep¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌnɪkriːpə


  • 1A tropical American tanager (songbird) with a long curved bill, feeding on nectar and insects.
    • Genera Cyanerpes and Chlorophanes, family Emberizidae (subfamily Thraupinae): five species
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    • The Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyanueus), also known as the Yellow-winged Sugarbird, is found from Southern Mexico, through Latin America to Northern South America.
    • The male Yellow-legged or Purple Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes caeruleus) is a beautiful bird that keeps his color year-round.
    • The tanager family of North and South America boosts some of the most beautiful of all the creatures; included in the family are honeycreepers or sugarbirds, dacnis, and euphonias.
  • 2 (also Hawaiian honeycreeper) A Hawaiian songbird of variable appearance and with a specialized bill, several kinds of which are now endangered.
    • Family Drepanididae (or Fringillidae): several genera and species, often with Hawaiian names such as the iiwi and ou
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    • To date, mitochondrial rate calibrations have been generated (in chronological order) for geese, Hawaiian honeycreepers, cranes, partridges, procellariiform seabirds, and ratites.
    • Thirteen other species of a type of bird known as the Hawaiian honeycreeper had also become instinct.
    • These bright red rainforest honeycreepers have long, curved bills that are ideally suited for sipping nectar from Hawaiian lobelias.

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