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Merida Flowerpiercer Diglossa gloriosa

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Courtney Drake, Erik R. Funk, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns


Conservation Status

The conservation status of Merida Flowerpiercer is assessed by the IUCN Red List as "Least Concern" (BirdLife International 2016). It received this categorization due to its substantial estimated range, about 11,400 km2 and, although population size has not been quantified and it has been described as uncommon, there is no evidence of population declines or major threats. Parker et al. (1996) considered this species of "Low" conservation priority relative to other Neotropical birds.

Effects of human activity on populations

Parker et al. (1996) considered Merida Flowerpiercer to have a low degree of sensitivity to human disturbance relative to other Neotropical birds. This could be attributed to its capacity to utilize degraded or altered habitats in spaces where humans are present, as long as flowers are available (Hilty 2011). They are able to make use of flower gardens in both rural and urban areas (Hilty 2011).

Recommended Citation

Drake, C., E. R. Funk, C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2018). Merida Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosa), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.