|male red-legged honeycreeper.|
Four, all classed as Least Concern
The four Cyanerpes species have colourful legs, long wings and a short tail. The males are typically glossy purple-blue and the females greenish.
The green honeycreeper is called a honeycreeper, but belongs to the monotypic genus Chlorophanes. It has a larger, stouter beak than the Cyanerpes group, and is less heavily dependent on nectar. The golden-collared honeycreeper, is also a honeycreeper, but is monotypic in the genus Iridophanes.
A commonly repeated, yet false, belief about the various honeycreeper species is that some of them lay black eggs. This idea was first made known in the scientific community with the 1899 publication of Nehrkorn's egg catalog; Nehrkorn's claim was cited in ornithological literature for many years without verification, but by the 1940s it was established that none of the members of Cyanerpes lay such eggs.
|Cyanerpes nitidus||Short-billed honeycreeper||Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela|
|Cyanerpes lucidus||Shining honeycreeper||Mexico to Panama and northwest Colombia|
|Cyanerpes caeruleus||Purple honeycreeper||Colombia and Venezuela south to Brazil, and on Trinidad.|
|Cyanerpes cyaneus||Red-legged honeycreeper||southern Mexico south to Peru, Bolivia and central Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, and on Cuba|
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