Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Indigo Flowerpiercer (Diglossa indigotica)


French: Percefleur indigo German: Indigohakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor índigo

Diglossa indigotica

P. L. Sclater

, 1856,



See D. glauca. Monotypic.


N end of C Andes#R and Pacific slope of W Andes from Risaralda (Cerro Tatamá), in Colombia, S to NW Ecuador (Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 10·5–18 g. Very small, rather short-tailed, dark flowerpiercer with short bill upturned (especially lower mandible), upper mandible hooked at tip. Has lores, narrow... read more


Call a high-pitched, thin note reminiscent of that of D. caerulescens. Unusual song (... read more


Humid and wet montane forest, especially moss-clad and bromeliad-laden cloudforest and along wet... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, berries and small arthropods. Occurs singly or in pairs, and persistently with mixed-species flocks containing Tangara and... read more


One bird carrying nesting material in Jun in Colombia (Valle). No other information.


No information. Some local movements possible; during intensive 15-month study in Anchicayá Valley... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Fairly common very locally in Colombia; rare and local in Ecuador, with few verified records anywhere... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Indigo Flowerpiercer (Diglossa indigotica). 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 May 2019).