Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa carbonaria)


French: Percefleur charbonnier German: Graubauch-Hakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor carbonero

Serrirostrum carbonaria

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia


Forms a monophyletic group with D. gloriosa, D. humeralis and D. brunneiventris, and all were previously regarded as conspecific; known to hybridize, to limited extent, with D. brunneiventris in small area of range overlap in Bolivia (La Paz). Monotypic.


Bolivia from vicinity of La Paz (city of La Paz) SW along E ridge of Andes to departments of Santa Cruz and Chuquisaca. Sight record from extreme NW Argentina (N Jujuy) requires corroboration#R.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 9–14·8 g. Medium-sized flowerpiercer with grey, black and rufous plumage, slender and somewhat upturned bill with prominent hook at tip. Has head, throat... read more


Song a rapid, complex jumble of high-pitched notes somewhat like song of D. brunneiventris... read more


Dry montane scrub, patches of scrubby woodland at tree-line, and settled areas with hedgerows,... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, also insects. Stomach contents largely insects. Occurs in pairs when breeding, mainly singly at other times. Territorial and... read more


Fledglings seen in Dec–Jul and juveniles and immatures in Mar–Jul and Dec. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA and High Andes of Bolivia and Argentina EBA. Generally common within... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa carbonaria). 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 21 May 2019).