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Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa carbonaria




D. carbonaria is highly active and nervous in behavior. Individuals might remain primarily hidden, appearing only momentarily as they work quickly and nervously through dense vegetation, pausing to probe flowers (Ridgely and Tudor 1989). Their foraging methods include standing on the flower heads when feeding (Remsen et al. 1990) and sallying for flying insects from the tops of bushes (Sclater 1875). Their behavior is similar to that of D. brunneiventris (Hilty 2011).


D. carbonaria is territorial and aggressive in defending small patches of flowers (Moynihan 1979). This means the difference in behavioral strategies might enable the coexistence of nectar-thieving species (Mauck and Burns 2009).

Sexual Behavior

No information.

Social and interspecific behavior

D. carbonaria can primarily be seen singly, but they can occur in pairs during breeding season (Ridgely and Tudor 1989, Hilty 2011).


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Recommended Citation

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