French: Percefleur cannelle German: Zimtbauch-Hakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor ventricanelo
Subspecies and Distribution
D. b. baritula
Wagler, 1832 – C Mexican highlands from Jalisco, Guanajuato, Hidalgo and Veracruz S to Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca; also coastal chain in Guerrero and Oaxaca.
D. b. montana
Dearborn, 1907 – highlands of S Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala and El Salvador.
D. b. parva
Griscom, 1932 – highlands of W & C Honduras and CN Nicaragua.
11 cm; 6–15 g. Small flowerpiercer with slender and slightly recurved bill, lower mandible more obviously upturned than upper mandible, upper mandible with sharp hook at tip... read more
Call, in Mexico, a high, thin, sharp “tsi” or “tsik” and a quite mellow trill, “truuuur”. Song a... read more
Favours bushy areas with flowering shrubs in overgrown clearings, pastures, gardens and borders of... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, as well as some insects. Found singly, in pairs and in family units, infrequently as many as 10 individuals together. Like... read more
Unusual biannual breeding cycle reported during four-year study in Mexico: breeding Jan–Apr dry season and Jul–Oct rainy season (latter... read more
Moves up and down mountain slopes seasonally to take advantage of seasonal flowering and shifting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Because of its ability to utilize nectar sources in gardens and cultivated areas, this species faces no immediate threats.
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