red legged honeycreeper

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Bird of the Month - July
Tanager Thraupidae

The tanagers are the second largest group of birds, comprising 4% of the total bird species. 60% of the species occur in South America. They include the honeycreeper, bananaquit, dacnis, and Darwin’s finches. They live in pairs or small groups and have relatively plain songs.

Tanagers are omnivorous, though their diets vary. Different types of tanager can inhabit the same area without competing for food due to specialisation. The red-legged honeycreeper is a specialist nectar feeder, unrelated to Hawaiian honeycreepers.