Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Scaled Flowerpiercer (Diglossa duidae)


French: Percefleur des tépuis German: Schuppenbrust-Hakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor del Duida

Diglossa duidæ


, 1929,

Mount Duida, 6600 feet [c. 2010 m], Amazonas, Venezuela


Race georgebarrowcloughi differs little from hitchcocki and perhaps better subsumed into latter; retained pending further study. Proposed race parui (described from Cerro Parú, in NC Amazonas, S Venezuela) considered inseparable from nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. d. hitchcocki Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1948 – Cerro Sipapo, Cerro Guanay and Cerro Yaví (N Amazonas), in S Venezuela.
  • D. d. duidae Chapman, 1929 – isolated tepuis in Amazonas (including Cerro Parú, Cerro Huachamacari, Mt Duida and Cerro Marahuaca) and SW Bolívar (Meseta de Jaua and Cerro Sarisariñama), in S Venezuela.
  • D. d. georgebarrowcloughi Dickerman, 1987 – Cerro de la Neblina, on S Venezuela–Brazil border.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; male 11·9–18·5 g, female 12·9–16 g. All-dark flowerpiercer with upturned bill strongly hooked at tip of upper mandible. Nominate race is slaty black above, head darker... read more


    No information.


    Poorly known. Probably scrubby humid forest on rocky slopes and tops of tepuis, but habitat not... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information. Presumably much as for D. major.


    No information.


    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Very poorly known. Probably common, as numerous specimens have been collected, from a number of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Scaled Flowerpiercer (Diglossa duidae). 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 10 December 2019).