Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa carbonaria



  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer
eBird range map for Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer is found in the Andes of western Bolivia (Ridgely 2009). Specifically, D. carbonaria can be found from the cities of La Paz and Cochabamba southeast to Santa Cruz and Chuquiasca (Graves 1982, Ridgely and Tudor 1989). Elevation ranges for D. carbonaria are described variously, from 2100-4300m (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990) to 2500-4000m (Ridgely and Tudor 2009). D. carbonaria and D. brunneiventris overlap each other in an area, no longer than 10 km wide, 30 km northeast La Paz and hybridize in this area, producing intermediate phenotypes (Zimmer 1929, Vuilleumier 1969, McCarthy 2006). The center of elevational abundance is in the upper montane zone (Parker et al. 1996). This species occurs in the zoogeographic regions of the Central Andes (Parker et al. 1996).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Parker et al. (1996) lists the primary habitat as semihumid/humid montane scrub. Additional habitats include the following, in decreasing order of importance: elfin forest, edge of montane evergreen forest, and second-growth scrub. According to Ridgely and Tudor (1989), D. carbonaria is fairly common at the border of humid forest and in shrubby terrain and lighter woodland and at various localities around Cochabamba. Overall, this species is common and densely distributed in one subregion: Cuzco-Cochabamba (Parker et al. 1996).

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

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: