Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Flowerpiercer (Diglossa brunneiventris)


French: Percefleur à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Hakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor gorjinegro

Diglossa brunneiventris


, 1846,



Forms a monophyletic group with D. gloriosa, D. humeralis and D. carbonaria, and all were previously regarded as conspecific; known to hybridize, to limited extent, with D. carbonaria in small area of range overlap in Bolivia (La Paz). Isolated N race vuilleumieri, two populations of which are separated by c. 1500 km from larger nominate race in S, occurs in very humid zones, whereas nominate mainly in dry to arid zones, and song of at least W population of vuilleumieri (on Páramo de Frontino) differs markedly from that of nominate (though specimens of the two are so similar that many, if not most, are racially inseparable); further taxonomic investigation required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. b. vuilleumieri G. R. Graves, 1980 – Antioquia (N end of W Andes and N end of C Andes), in Colombia.
  • D. b. brunneiventris Lafresnaye, 1846 – N Peru from S Cajamarca (S of R Marañón) S on W Andean slope to extreme N Chile (Tarapacá) and S on E slope to W Bolivia (La Paz).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 9·8–15 g. Medium-sized chestnut-bellied flowerpiercer with slender and somewhat upturned bill with prominent hook at tip. Nominate race is mainly black... read more


    Both sexes sing. In Peru, song is a fast complex series of notes, duration 1·5–4... read more


    Humid elfin forest and montane–páramo ecotone in Colombia (race ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Following information based on studies of nominate race; N race (vuilleumieri) very poorly known in life. Diet nectar and insects... read more


    One nest in Peru contained 2 eggs in late Nov; nest, an open cup placed amid tangled vegetation of ferns and other herbaceous plants c... read more


    Probably chiefly resident. Little precise information. Local movements in response to changing... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate race common and widespread, especially in dry intermontane valleys in Peru; occurs in Manu National Park and probably... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2020). Black-throated Flowerpiercer (Diglossa brunneiventris). 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 9 April 2020).