Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Masked Flowerpiercers are described as having high-pitched, thin zeet notes. Lane (in Schulenberg et al 2007) describes the call as a high tsit and ti. Some notes are strident and moderate-pitched when a bird becomes excited (Isler and Isler 1987). Songs are variable based on geographic region and/or subspecies. The song of Masked Flowerpiercer is described as a series of pseat notes that accelerate into 2 to 3 seconds of complex twittering notes (Venezuela; Isler and Isler 1987); as thin notes followed by a twitter (Ecuador; Ridgely and Greenfield 2001); and as a high, lisping, melancholy warble, ending with 2 to 3 drawn-out notes that also drop in pitch (Peru; Isler and Isler 1987, Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007). A more generalized rendition of the song can be transcribed as “tzi tzi tzi tzi tzideweedeleeedeeleede” (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Diglossa cyanea can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.