Venezuelan Flowerpiercer Diglossa venezuelensis


The male Venezuelan Flowerpiercer is basically black with a small white tuft on the flanks, whilst the female is olive-brown above with a yellowish-olive head and buffy-brown underparts. Considered to be globally Endangered given an incredible paucity of modern records, despite having been common in the first part of the 20th century, the Venezuelan Flowerpiercer is endemic to the northeast corner of the country. It inhabits montane, evergreen forest edge, secondary forest, and second-growth scrub, at elevations of 1525–2450 m on the Cordillera de Caripe, and lower altitudes on the nearby Paria Peninsula. Some authorities have speculated that the species might perform seasonal movements, and it is also possible that the Venezuelan Flowerpiercer possesses some highly specialist microhabitat requirement, yet to be determined.

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Recommended Citation

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