honeycreeper honeycreeper

Definition(s):

  1. (n) small to medium-sized finches of the Hawaiian islands
  2. (n) small bright-colored tropical American songbird with a curved bill for sucking nectar

Usage(s):

  • The mating season for what may be the rarest bird on earth, the po'ouli, or black-faced honeycreeper, just ended, and researchers in Hawaii were unable to mate successfully two of .

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  • Conservation Success To Boy's Club: The Hawaii Creeper In Danger Of Extinction

    Though most people focus on Darwin's famous birds, I would argue that the Hawaiian honeycreepers are the most dazzling example of adaptive radiation, especially by a finch. From a single finch ancestor arose a stunning diversity of honeycreepers, from the brilliant red I'iwi with its long, curved bill to the small, rotund ?Akikiki. Over 50 species of these colorful forest birds once brightened ...
    on July 6, 2013     Source: Discover

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