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1. Any of various small, often brightly colored tropical American birds of the family Thraupidae, having a curved bill used for sucking nectar from flowers.
2. Any of various finches found only in Hawaii, some of which feed on nectar and have curved bills similar to those of the mainland honeycreepers.


(ˈhʌn iˌkri pər)

1. any of several long-billed, brightly colored songbirds of the genera Cyanerpes and Chlorophanes, of the New World tropics, now usu. classed with the tanagers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honeycreeper - small to medium-sized finches of the Hawaiian islandshoneycreeper - small to medium-sized finches of the Hawaiian islands
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
Drepanididae, family Drepanididae - Hawaiian honeycreepers
mamo - black honeycreepers with yellow feathers around the tail; now extinct
2.honeycreeper - small bright-colored tropical American songbird with a curved bill for sucking nectar
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
banana quit - any of several honeycreepers
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The adaptive radiation of the Hawaiian honeycreepers (Fringillidae: Drepanidinae), with 21 genera and more than 50 species, is the largest avian radiation on an oceanic archipelago (Pratt et al.
Smithsonian scientists and collaborators have determined the evolutionary family tree of the Hawaiian honeycreepers using one of the largest DNA data sets for a group of birds and employing next-generation sequencing methods.
Annual epizootics of avian pox (Avipoxvirus) and avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum) likely led to the extinction of some species and continue to impact populations of susceptible Hawaiian honeycreepers (Drepanidinae).
Among the larger Hawaiian Islands, palila are the sole surviving species of an extraordinary guild of about 21 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers (an endemic subfamily of finches) that specialized on seeds or small fruits.
Some Hawaiian honeycreepers have a highly coevolved relationship with the plants and moth pollinators upon which they feed.
Pratt's olfactory evidence and other controversial research suggest that the Poo-uli (Melamprosops phaeosoma) may not belong to the clan of Hawaiian honeycreepers at all.
Bock (1979: 65) later placed Ciridops at the base of the red-and-black group "which may be representative of the founding stock of the Hawaiian honeycreepers.
The endemic passerine avifauna of the Hawaiian Islands, particularly the endemic Hawaiian honeycreepers (subfamily Drepanidinae) is often heralded as an outstanding example of adaptive radiation, equal to Darwin's finches from the Galapagos Islands in terms of diversity of bill types and number of species that descended from a common founder.
The threats limiting Hawaiian honeycreepers are not as pervasive in limiting 'Oma'o distribution and abundance.
Immunogenetics and Resistance to Avian Malaria in Hawaiian Honeycreepers (Drepanidinae)" and "Newly Emergent and Future Threats of Alien Species to Pacific Birds and Ecosystems" deal with two of the major current threats facing Hawaiian avifauna.
For example, many of the "little green" Hawaiian honeycreepers sing trills that are easily compared (Pratt et al.
But hardly a note would then be spared for one of the world's most spectacular but sadly decimated bird families, the Hawaiian honeycreepers (Drepanididae).

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