honeycreeper

honeycreeper

[huhn-ee-kree-per]
noun
1.
any of several small, usually brightly colored birds, related to the tanagers and wood warblers, of tropical and semitropical America.

Origin:
1880–85; honey + creeper

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honeycreeper

any of the tropical American birds of the subfamily Coerebinae, family Emberizidae. Birds of the Hawaiian honeycreeper (q.v.) group constitute the family Drepanididae and are commonly referred to as drepanidids.

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