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Glossy Flowerpiercer - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
Yanacocha Reserve, Ecuador, December, 2007
Diglossa lafresnayii


14.5 cm

  • Glossy black plumage
  • Bluish-gray shoulders
  • Bill: upturned, hooked at tip. Lower mandible is very pointed. Base of lower mandible is mostly described as pale gray, but in photos some individuals show orange in that area.


South America: found in the Andes of Colombia to western Venezuela, Ecuador and extreme northern Peru.


This is a monotypic species[1].


High altitude Polylepis forest, forest borders, overgrown pastures and flower gardens; observed at heights up to 3525 m


Often seen in mixed species flocks.


Their diet consists mostly of nectar and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2014)
  3. BF Member observations

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