Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Merida Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosa)


French: Percefleur du Mérida German: Méridahakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor de Mérida

Diglossa gloriosa

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1871,

Páramo de la Culata, north of Mérida, Venezuela


Forms a monophyletic group with D. humeralis, D. brunneiventris and D. carbonaria, and all were previously regarded as conspecific. Monotypic.


Andes of Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida and Táchira N of the Táchira gap).

Descriptive notes

13·5 cm; 11–11·5 g. Medium-sized chestnut-bellied flowerpiercer with slender and somewhat upturned bill with prominent hook at tip. Has head, throat, chest, side of neck and... read more


Virtually nothing known. One vocalization a long trill.


Dry and open or semi-open scrubby areas in highlands, including cultivated areas, flower gardens,... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and insects. Occurs in pairs when breeding, but otherwise usually seen singly; occasionally associates with mixed-species flocks,... read more


One nest believed to have been of this species found in Apr; a deep cup of grass and moss placed atop a bank. No other information.


Resident. Given strongly seasonal nature of flowering in much of high Andes in Venezuela, some... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de Mérida EBA. Locally common. Occurs in several protected areas, including Guaramacal, Sierra de la... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Merida Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosa). 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).