French: Guit-guit brillant German: Azurnaschvogel Spanish: Mielerito reluciente
P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1859,
See C. caeruleus and C. nitidus (above). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. lucidus
(P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1859) – foothills of Gulf–Caribbean slope of S Mexico (E Chiapas) through NC Guatemala, Belize (Cockscomb Mts) and N & E Honduras to N Nicaragua.
C. l. isthmicus
Bangs, 1907 – extreme S Nicaragua, Costa Rica (entire E slope, and Pacific slope in San José and Puntarenas) S to E Panama and adjacent extreme NW Colombia.
10 cm; c. 11 g. Small honeycreeper with slender and somewhat decurved bill c. 14–15 mm long (intermediate in length between bills of C. nitidus and C. caeruleus... read more
Generally rather quiet. Most vocalizations high and not especially distinctive, e.g. high, sharp... read more
Inhabits canopy of humid forest, and adjacent forest borders and tree-shaded clearings, pastures... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits, seeds and arthropods. Of 15 observations of foraging in Panama, 44% were of fruit-eating, 37% were of insect-hunting, and 19% were... read more
In Costa Rica peak season thought to be Apr–Sept, but may breed regularly as late as Oct, and fledglings observed in May, Jul and late Oct... read more
Resident. Limited seasonal movements, presumably in response to changing fruit or nectar resources... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common in Mexico; farther S, mostly a common resident in foothills and to lesser extent in lowlands in wetter portions of range.... read more
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