Black Flowerpiercer Diglossa humeralis


Widespread through the Andes, from northernmost Colombia to northern Peru, the Black Flowerpiercer is replaced to the south of this range by the formerly conspecific Black-throated Flowerpiercer (Diglossa brunneiventris). Over much of its distribution, the species might easily be confused with the very similar, but slightly larger and marginally longer billed Glossy Flowerpiercer (Diglossa lafresnayii), which species is further distinguished from the present species by its overall glossier plumage and more blue-gray shoulder patch. The Black Flowerpiercer also tends to be less closely associated with forest habitats than the Glossy Flowerpiercer, and to occur at lower elevations.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: