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Photo by Pitter
Dapa-Valle Colombia
Diglossa sittoides


Female. Note the pale tertial fringes
Photo by Pitter
Dapa.Valle Colombia

11 cm (4¼ in); Bicolored
Male: Bluish above and Cinnamon below. Face somewhat darker.
'Female is brownish green above and a dingy yellow below with streaks on throat and chest.

Similar species

Female White-sided Flowerpiercer is often darker brown with a (usually concealed) whitish flank stripe. Female Rusty may show yellowish wing bars and (especially) pale fringes to the tertials. It may also be paler overall with a pale lower mandible base.


Photo by STEFFRO1
Ollantaytambo, Peru, August 2015

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


Male, Subspecies hyperythra
Photo © by njlarsen
Mountain House, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia,19 August 2023

There are 6 subspecies[1]:


  • D. s. hyperythra:
Northern Colombia (Santa Marta Mountains) and coastal mountains of northern Venezuela
  • D. s. dorbignyi:
Andes of Colombia and western Venezuela (Lara, Mérida and Táchira)
  • D. s. coelestis:
Sierra de Perijá (Colombia/Venezuela border)
  • D. s. mandeli:
  • Subtropical mountains of north-eastern Venezuela (Mount Turumiquire in Sucre)
  • D. s. decorata:
  • D. s. sittoides:


Mountainous areas, particularly shrubby areas, pastures, open woodland scrub and forest edges.



Their diet consists of nectar and a variety of small insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2023) [Avibase - https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/37129013 ]. Retrieved 6 October 2023
  3. McQuen, K., E. R. Funk, C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2020). Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rusflo1.01

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