Saturday, October 3, 2009

Green Honeycreeper After Lunch

Chlorophanes spiza
La Selva Biological Field Station, Costa Rica
July 15th, 2009

I photographed this female Green Honeycreeper just after lunch at the OTS La Selva field station in Costa Rica. She was sitting in my favorite birding tree, just off the patio. I was impressed by the diversity of birds I saw in this one spot. This particular species of honeycreeper is different from others in the tanager family, in that they are less dependent on nectar and more dependent on fruit. This species is monotypic, or the only member of the genus Chlorophanes. Like many avians, this species displays sexual dimorphism with the male sporting bright teal-blue feathers with a black head, while the female is clad in green.