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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


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Merida Flowerpiercer is found exclusively in the country of Venezuela (Hilty 2003). More specifically, it is found in the Andes of western Venezuela from northern Táchira, through Merida and Trujillo to the Lara border of Páramo Cendé (Hilty 2003). It is found at elevations ranging from 2500-4150 m (Restall et al. 2007), but mostly in the 2700-4000 m range (Ridgely and Tudor 2009). The center of elevational abundance is in the upper montane zone (Parker et al. 1996). This species occurs in the Zoogeographic Region of the Northern Andes (Parker et al. 1996).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Parker et al. (1996) list the primary habitat as semihumid/humid montane scrub. Additional habitats used by this species include Elfin forest and montane evergreen forest edge (Parker et al. 1996). Merida Flowerpiercer generally prefers dry and rather open habitats like forest edges and sparse woodland (Restall et al. 2007) and can even be found in isolated bushes and trees at lower elevations (Isler and Isler 1987). Overall, this species is uncommon (Parker et al. 1996) to locally common (Hilty 2003).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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.