French: Grand Percefleur German: Strichelhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor grande
#R, Cerro Roraima, 6000 feet [c. 1830 m], near border of Guyana and Venezuela
Subspecies and Distribution
D. m. gilliardi
Chapman, 1939 – Auyán-tepui (SE Bolívar), in SE Venezuela.
D. m. disjuncta
J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1944 – tepuis on W side of Gran Sabana (including Ptari-tepui, Sororopán-tepui, Uaipán-tepui, Aprada-tepui, and Acopán-tepui), in SE Venezuela.
D. m. chimantae
Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1947 – Chimantá-tepui (SE Bolívar).
D. m. major
Cabanis, 1849 – Cerro Roraima, including sites within Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana; also Cerro Cuquenán and Uei-tepui, in extreme SE Bolívar (Venezuela).
17·3 cm; 19–26 g (gilliardi), 17·5–25 g (disjuncta). The largest flowerpiercer, dark and rather long-tailed, with bill noticeably... read more
Unusual song, typically delivered from prominent high perch by single individual, or in complex... read more
Borders and middle and upper levels of humid and wet montane forest, stunted cloudforest, dense,... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, also insects. Occurs singly, in pairs when breeding, and is usually independent of mixed-species flocks. Forages from eye level up... read more
Nests attributed to this species described as open cup of grass and small sticks situated among rocks, usually under overhanging shelf and... read more
Few data; altitudinal movement noted. Marked seasonal movements at lower elevations (i.e. on Sierra... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Rare (at low elevations) to abundant (higher elevations). Common to abundant above c... read more
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