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Diglossa sittoides

Rusty Flowerpiercer

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Emberizidae
  • Polytypic 6 Subspecies

Authors: McQuen, Kelsey, Erik R. Funk, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns

Diglossa sittoides

Amazonas, Peru; 28 December 2010 © Juan José Chalco Luna

Rusty Flowerpiercer is a small tanager of South American mountains. The species is found in forest, edge habitat, and gardens between 1500 and 3000 meters from the coastal mountains of Venezuela south along the Andes to northern Argentina. Males are dark blue gray above and rusty orange below with a narrow black face mask. Females are olive above and whitish below with fine brown streaks. As is typical of flowerpiercers, this bill of this species has an upswept bill with a finely hooked tip, with which it punctures the bases of flowers for the purpose of feeding on nectar.

Recommended Citation

McQuen, Kelsey, Erik R. Funk, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns. 2016. Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest edge
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Probe
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern