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Black Flowerpiercer - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Momo
Quito Botanical Gardens, Ecuador, March 2006
Diglossa humeralis


13·7 cm (5-6 inches)

  • Black overall plumage

Sexes similar

Similar Species

Easily confused with male White-sided Flowerpiercer or Glossy Flowerpiercer. Former is more slaty and has white flanks; latter has a greyish-blue shoulder-patch. It's more difficult in parts of Colombia where the Black Flowerpiercer has a greyish-blue shoulder-patch (Slightly less blue than in Glossy).


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • D. h. nocticolor:
  • D. h. humeralis:
  • D. h. aterrima:


Subtropical or tropical moist montanes, elfin forest, shrubby borders and sheltered wooded ravines



Their diet consists mostly of nectar, supplemented by insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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