Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae (Tanagers and allies)  
Genus: Diglossa (10 species, 18 worldwide)

Genus Diglossa, Flowerpiercers, are small tanagers with thin bills with a curved tip used for piercing flowers to extract nectar. Males are generally colorful, while females are often drab shades of brown.

White-sided Flowerpiercer
White-sided Flowerpiercer (Diglossa albilatera albilatera) Male
Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia  

White-sided Flowerpiercer
White-sided Flowerpiercer (Diglossa albilatera) Female
Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia  

Common flowerpiercer in gardens over 2000m.

Black-throated Flowerpiercer
Black-throated Flowerpiercer (Diglossa brunneiventris vuilleumieri)
ProAves Dusky Starfrontlet Reserve, Urrao, Antioquia, Colombia  

A Peruvian species with an isolated population in northeast Colombia. Generally found at 2500-3000m in Coombia, and to lower altitudes in Peru.

Bluish Flowerpiercer
Bluish Flowerpiercer (Diglossa caerulescens saturata)
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
  Bill less hooked than other flowerpiercers.

Dull blue and black compared to [Masked Flowerpiercer]. Found inside the forest, and generally not in gardens. Travels in mixed flocks.

Masked Flowerpiercer
Masked Flowerpiercer (Diglossa cyanea cyanea)
Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia  

Piercing a flower
Eating a berry.

Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer
Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer (Diglossa glauca tyrianthina)
San Francisco, Putumayo, Colombia  
Photograph by Brayan Coral Jaramillo   © All Rights Reserved.

Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer
Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosissima boylei) Endangered ENDEMIC
ProAves Dusky Starfrontlet Reserve, Urrao, Antioquia, Colombia  

Black Flowerpiercer
Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis aterrima)
Cajas National Park, Ecuador  
Photograph by Gary L. Clark     Copyright and usage info

Note matte colored compared to slightly larger [Glossy Flowerpiercer]. If you are not sure, it is probably a Glossy.

Indigo Flowerpiercer
Indigo Flowerpiercer (Diglossa indigotica)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia  

Found in the rain belt around 1500 meters on the western Andean slope.

Glossy Flowerpiercer
Glossy Flowerpiercer (Diglossa lafresnayii)
PNN Los Nevados, Colombia
  Slightly larger than the [Black Flowerpiercer], and shinier. Also compare the bill color to this photo.

Rusty Flowerpiercer
Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides dorbignyi) Male
Finca Alejandria, Cali, Colombia  

Rusty Flowerpiercer
Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides) Female
Photograph by Francesco Veronesi     Copyright and usage info

At favorite flowers.

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