Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Shining Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes lucidus)


French: Guit-guit brillant German: Azurnaschvogel Spanish: Mielerito reluciente

Cœreba lucida

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1859,



See C. caeruleus and C. nitidus. 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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Shining Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes lucidus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 11 December 2019).