French: Percefleur masqué German: Maskenhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor enmascarado
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Subspecies and Distribution
D. c. tovarensis
J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1952 – coastal cordillera of N Venezuela (in Aragua and Distrito Federal).
D. c. obscura
Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1952 – Sierra de Perijá, in W Venezuela.
D. c. cyanea
(Lafresnaye, 1840) – Andes of Venezuela (S from Trujillo) and all three ranges in Colombia and Andes of Ecuador (except far SW).
D. c. dispar
J. T. Zimmer, 1942 – Andes of SW Ecuador and NW Peru.
D. c. melanopis
Tschudi, 1844 – Andes of Peru (except NW) S to Andes in Bolivia (to Santa Cruz).
15 cm; 12–22·5 g. Large, rich blue flowerpiercer with red eyes and large black mask, rather long and thin bill only slightly upturned and with relatively small... read more
In N Venezuela, song (race tovarensis) given all year, a high, wiry series of 2–3... read more
Humid montane forest (cloudforest) and forest borders and in smaller numbers to tree-line, where... read more
Food and feeding
Small fruits and berries (especially species of Melastomataceae), also some insects; more frugivorous than any other member of genus. Seen... read more
Fledglings in Dec, Mar and Apr in Venezuela and Colombia and in Mar, May, Jul and Dec in Peru and Bolivia, immatures reported virtually... read more
Poorly documented. In some areas undertakes seasonal or periodic movements, mostly between higher... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; widespread. Occurs in many parks and reserves, among them Henri Pittier, Sierra Nevada and Tamá National Parks (... read more
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