Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa baritula)


French: Percefleur cannelle German: Zimtbauch-Hakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor ventricanelo

Diglossa baritula


, 1832,



Closely related to and formerly considered conspecific with D. plumbea and D. sittoides, genetic data suggesting that the three form a monophyletic group. Three subspecies ­recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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.

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa baritula). 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 19 February 2020).