Animal Update: Green Honeycreeper

A green honeycreeper has been added to our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit!

Published July 21, 2017

Green honeycreepers can be found in the canopy of humid lowland forests, from southern Mexico down to Brazil and on the island of Trinidad. 

They’re small birds, growing to be about 5 inches long and weighing an average of 19 grams. Males—such as the one we now have in our care—are teal with a black eye mask and bright yellow bill, and females are olive green. Their diet consists mostly of fruit, but also nectar and insects as well.

Green honeycreepers aren’t new to the National Aquarium—in the past, they could be found in our Amazon River Forest exhibit—but this is the first green honeycreeper in Upland Tropical Rain Forest. You may notice the green honeycreeper hurriedly flitting from tree to tree and bowl to bowl in its exhibit, and though they may at first appear to be hummingbirds, green honeycreepers are more closely related to the tanager family of birds. 

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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