Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quito, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quito, Ecuador

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quito, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~13.5 cm (5.2 in). The Black Flowerpiercer is all black.  Sexes are similar. The bill is silvery toward the base. It forages in humid forest edges, and scrub.  It is similar to the Glossy Flowerpiercer but is distinguished by smaller size, a duller black plumage, and by the lack of blue shoulder patch.

Status: The Black Florwerpiercer is uncommon in montane forests edges and scrub on the east and west (Piura and Cajamarca) slopes of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1850-3300 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Pincha-Flor Negro.

Sub-species: Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis aterrima), Lafresnaye, 1846.

Meaning of Name: Diglossa: Gr. di, dis= double, twice and glossa= tongue. humeralis: L. umerus= shoulders, humeralis= of the shoulders.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.