Slaty Flowerpiercer Diglossa plumbea


Formerly considered conspecific with the South American Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides), the Slaty Flowerpiercer is found from northern Nicaragua to western Panama. Over the majority of this range it is the only flowerpiercer, and the species is therefore easily identified by the strange (in a small passerine), pronounced hook to the upper mandible. Males are predominantly blue-gray, whilst females are basically brown with paler underparts. They are found principally in semi-open wooded habitats, including gardens, above approximately 1300 m.

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  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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