Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosissima)


French: Percefleur à ventre marron German: Maronenbauch-Hakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor ventrirrufo

Diglossa gloriosissima


, 1912,

Andes, west of Popayán, 10,340 feet [c. 3150 m], Cauca, Colombia


See D. mystacalis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. g. boylei G. R. Graves, 1990 – W Andes from Nudo de Paramillo and Páramo de Frontino (Antioquia) S to Risaralda and SE Chocó, Colombia.
  • D. g. gloriosissima Chapman, 1912 – El Tambo, on Cerro Munchique (Cauca), in Colombia.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; two birds each 14 g. Medium-sized, chestnut-bellied flower­piercer with bill somewhat upturned and strongly hooked at tip. Male nominate race is mainly lustrous... read more


    Song notably slower and lower-pitched than that of most congeners, a leisurely to moderately brisk... read more


    Near tree-line in humid and wet montane scrub and elfin forest, and ranges only short distance... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information; probably similar to D. lafresnayii. At Páramo Frontino (race boylei) believed to compete with ... read more


    No information.


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    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Until recently known from three localities, two of them at N end of W Andes in Antioquia (Páramo... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosissima). 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 6 April 2020).