Order
Passeriformes
Family
Thraupidae
Genus
Diglossa
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 - Merida Flowerpiercer
 - Merida Flowerpiercer
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Merida Flowerpiercer Diglossa gloriosa

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (10)
Courtney Drake, Erik R. Funk, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns
Version: 1.0 — Published January 12, 2018

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Merida Flowerpiercer is superficially similar to the larger Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosissima) of western Colombia, but is more closely related to Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis), Black-throated Flowerpiercer (Diglossa brunneiventris), and Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa carbonaria). Within its range, this species easily is identifiable by the typical hooked flowerpiercer bill, chestnut belly, black breast and upperparts, and blue gray shoulder patch. Although Merida Flowerpiercer is not confined to the state of Mérida, it is restricted to the Andes of western Venezuela. In typical flowerpiercer fashion, this species pierces the base of flowers with the hook on the bill in order to "steal" nectar directly from the bases of flowers. Merida Flowerpiercer is a common species, and occupies shrubby montane habitats.

Distribution of the Merida Flowerpiercer
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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Merida Flowerpiercer

Recommended Citation

Drake, C., E. R. Funk, C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2018). Merida Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosa), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.merflo1.01