French: Percefleur noir German: Schwarzhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor negro
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia.
Subspecies and Distribution
D. h. nocticolor
Bangs, 1898 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia, and Sierra de Perijá, on Colombia–Venezuela border.
D. h. humeralis
(Fraser, 1840) – SW Venezuela (S Táchira S of the Táchira gap) and adjacent E Andes of Colombia (from Norte de Santander S to Cundinamarca, probably to Nariño).
D. h. aterrima
Lafresnaye, 1846 – Andes of Colombia (S from N Antioquia in C range, from Cerro Munchique, in Cauca, in W range), Ecuador and N Peru (S to Marañón Valley).
13·7 cm; 9·6–14·3 g, male 12–15·4 g and female 12·4–13·6 g (Colombia). Medium-sized black flowerpiercer with... read more
Song, from atop low shrub or bush, also from well up in tall tree, a jumbled stuttering and... read more
Humid montane regions. Occurs in stunted elfin forest, shrubby borders and sheltered wooded ravines... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, also insects. Behaviour generally similar to that of D. lafresnayii, but, unlike that species, infrequently with mixed-... read more
Juveniles and immatures reported virtually throughout year and birds in breeding condition in Feb–Sept in Colombia. Nest in Ecuador a... read more
Not well documented. Highly territorial; seasonal movements in response to changing resources may... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Can be found in numerous protected areas, among them Tamá National Park (Venezuela), Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Tam... read more
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