French: Percefleur rouilleux German: Rostbauch-Hakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor ferrugíneo
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Valle Grande, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
D. s. hyperythra
Cabanis, 1851 – N Colombia (Santa Marta Mts) and N Venezuela (cordillera from Carabobo E to Miranda).
D. s. coelestis
Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1953 – extreme W Venezuela in Sierra de Perijá.
D. s. mandeli
Blake, 1940 – Mt Turumiquire, in extreme NE Venezuela (Sucre).
D. s. dorbignyi
(Boissonneau, 1840) – Andes of Venezuela (Lara S to Táchira) and Colombia (E slope of W Andes and both slopes of C & E ranges).
D. s. decorata
J. T. Zimmer, 1930 – Andes of Ecuador and Peru S on both slopes to Bolivia.
D. s. sittoides
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) – Bolivia and NW Argentina (S to Tucumán).
11 cm; 7–10·7 g. Small greyish-and-cinnamon flowerpiercer with slender and slightly recurved bill, upper mandible more obviously upturned than lower mandible, upper mandible... read more
Call a sharp “cheek”. Song, usually from conspicuous perch on shrub or bush (occasionally a little... read more
Favours shrubby areas, overgrown pastures, forest edges, light open woodland, scrub, bushy... read more
Food and feeding
Food items include nectar and many small insects. Stomach contents reveal mostly insect remains. Found singly and in pairs, less often in... read more
Fledglings reported in Sept–Feb in Bolivia; juveniles reported almost throughout year in Colombia and in Sept in NW Ecuador; a bird in... read more
Resident. Some seasonal elevational movements likely, but poorly documented.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common throughout extensive Andean range. Occurs in numerous protected areas, among them Henri Pittier, Guaramacal and Sierra... read more
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