Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Glossy Flowerpiercer (Diglossa lafresnayii)


French: Percefleur de Lafresnaye German: Stahlhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor satinado

Uncirostrum La Fresnayii


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


See D. mystacalis (above). Monotypic.


Andes of Venezuela (S from Trujillo) S to Colombia (Norte de Santander; isolated population in Cundinamarca, in E Andes; C range from Antioquia S to Quindío and Tolima, and in S from E Cauca and Huila) S through Ecuador to N Peru (Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm; 13·1–19 g. Fairly large, all-black flowerpiercer with decidedly upturned bill hooked at tip, lower mandible sharply pointed. Plumage is almost... read more


In Venezuela song an exuberant stream of rapid chattering and chipping notes, “chit’... read more


Humid and shrubby montane thickets and stunted and mossy forest up to tree-line; also thrives in... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and insects. Regularly follows mixed-species flocks, but also often forages independently of them. Can be particularly furtive and... read more


In Colombia, fledgling in Mar, juvenile/immature in Jul and birds in breeding condition in Feb–Jul. Nest a cup built from moss and... read more


Apparently resident. Little definite information. Some seasonal movements to higher or lower... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common over most of range; inconspicuous. Occurs in a number of protected areas, among them Sierra Nevada and Tamá National Parks (Venezuela... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Bonan, A. (2020). Glossy Flowerpiercer (Diglossa lafresnayii). 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 3 April 2020).