French: Percefleur bleuté German: Silberhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor azulado
P. L. Sclater
Subspecies and Distribution
D. c. ginesi
Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1952 – upper R Negro region of Sierra de Perijá, in W Venezuela.
D. c. caerulescens
(P. L. Sclater, 1856) – coastal cordillera of N Venezuela (Carabobo, Aragua, Vargas and Distrito Federal).
D. c. saturata
(Todd, 1917) – Andes of Venezuela (from Trujillo S to Táchira), and all three ranges in Colombia and apparently Andes of N Ecuador (S to Pichincha on W slope; a specimen from El Chaco on E slope).
D. c. media
J. Bond, 1955 – N portion of E slope of Andes in Ecuador (specimen from at least as far N as Sierra Azul, in Napo) S to E slope in N Peru (Cajamarca and N Amazonas).
D. c. pallida
(Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896) – N & C Peru (from S side of R Marañón S to La Libertad, Lima and Junín).
D. c. mentalis
J. T. Zimmer, 1942 – E slope of Andes in S Peru S to Bolivia (La Paz).
13·5 cm; 10·1–16 g. Relatively dull, bluish flowerpiercer with rather long and thin bill only slightly upturned and with proportionately smaller hook at tip than in any other... read more
In Peru, song described as a variable, high, lisping, melancholy warble, descending in pitch; in... read more
Humid montane forest, older second growth and forest borders; in S part of range (Peru) may favour... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, also small berries (especially Miconia), and reported taking fruits of Cavendishia bracteata in Colombia and of... read more
Nest with eggs in Feb in Venezuela (Trujillo), juvenile/immature in Dec (Santander) and eight birds in breeding condition in Jun–Aug in... read more
Mainly resident. Seasonal movements reported (without details) in N Venezuela; occasional records... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and relatively widespread; scarce or absent locally, e.g. in NW Ecuador. Occurs in numerous protected areas, including Henri Pittier and... read more
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