Moustached Flowerpiercer Diglossa mystacalis


Four subspecies have been described for this geographically variable species, which is one of the most attractive flowerpiercers, and ranges over the east slope of the Andes from northern Peru to northwest Bolivia. It is mainly found at 2500 to 4000 m, and like most congenerics it is usually found alone or in pairs, which move quickly through low vegetation. This species joins mixed-species flocks only rather infrequently. The partially sympatric Black-throated Flowerpiercer (Diglossa brunneiventris) is the only really similar species; it too has a rufous moustachial stripe, but instead of having black underparts, this part of body is principally rufous.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Moustached Flowerpiercer (Diglossa mystacalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: