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Photo by Stanley Jones
Guango Lodge, Ecuador, December, 2007
Diglossa cyanea



South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • D. c. cyanea:
Photo by edenwatcher
Utuana, Ecuador, March 2006
  • D. c. tovarensis:
  • Coastal mountains of northern Venezuela (Aragua and Distrito Federal)
  • D. c. obscura:
  • D. c. dispar:
  • D. c. melanopis:

Placed in genus Diglossopis by some authorities.


Usually found between 1800 and 3600 m asl. though may go down to about 1500 m. Usually in wet evergreen forest, sometimes reaching into elfin forest. Mostly considered resident though elevational migration has been reported.



  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase

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