Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis)


French: Percefleur noir German: Schwarzhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor negro

Agrilorhinus humeralis


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Forms a monophyletic group with D. gloriosa, D. brunneiventris and D. carbonaria, and all were previously regarded as conspecific. Rationale for treating races as megasubspecies#R or groups#R unclear. Three subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 December 2019).