Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Steven Byrum, Erik R. Funk, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns

Diet and Foraging


Masked Flowerpiercer is frugivorous, feeding especially on the fruits of species of Melastomataceae and Rubus (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990). The species also pierces small fruits and flowers for juice and nectar, and in one case has been observed to press the berries of Coriaria plants with its bill in Ecuador, leaving the skin of the berry (Skutch 1954). They also actively feed on insects. The contents of a large sample (n = 57) of Masked Flowerpiercer stomachs were insects, seeds, and fruit (Isler and Isler 1987).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Byrum, S., E. R. Funk, C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2017). Masked Flowerpiercer (Diglossa cyanea), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.