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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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Historically, the islands supported at least 51 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers.
Researchers warned that the Hawaiian honeycreepers, a family of brightly colored songbirds, may face extinction in a decade.
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.
the Hawaiian honeycreepers and tarweeds, Macaronesian sow-thistles and buglosses, Caribbean birds, and Sea of Cortez lizards) might merit full treatment in a second volume.

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