The Scarlet Honeycreeper (Drepanis coccinea orVestiaria coccinea) is a small bird in the hummingbird family. It is also known as the I’iwi. It was previously categorized as Vestiaria coccinea, but taxonomists changed the classification to Drepanis coccineain 2015.
The Scarlet Honeycreeper is mostly scarlet with black wings and a black tail. It has a long, decurved, pinkish beak.
It grows to 12-15 centimetres (5-6 inches) tall.
The Scarlet Honeycreeper is native to the Hawaiian Islands.
It uses its long thin beak to sip nectar from flowers. It can hover above flowers, like a hummingbird.
The female Scarlet Honeycreeper lays 2-3 eggs in a cup-shaped nest made of petals and down feathers. The eggs take 14 days to hatch. The chicks are born with golden feathers, which moult before they grow red feathers. The chicks can fly after about 24 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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