Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Venezuelan Flowerpiercer (Diglossa venezuelensis)


French: Percefleur du Venezuela German: Dunkelhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor venezolano

Diglossa venezuelensis


, 1925,

Carapas, 5600 feet [c. 1710 m], Sucre, Venezuela


Closely allied to D. albilatera. Monotypic.


NE Venezuela: Cordillera de Caripe, in N Sucre (from E slope of Cerro Peonía E to Cerro Turumiquire, on Monagas border); also slopes of Cerro Negro (on Sucre–Monagas border), and Cerro Humo (Paria Peninsula).

Descriptive notes

12·7 cm. Small flower­piercer with slender and slightly recurved bill, lower mandible more obviously upturned than upper mandible, upper mandible with sharp hook at tip;... read more


Song a complex but somewhat repetitive series of soft, low-pitched notes uttered rapidly, the... read more


Borders of humid montane forest, also young to older second growth and shrubby and bushy areas... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known; takes both nectar and small insects. Found singly and in pairs that forage mostly independently of mixed-species flocks... read more


No information.


Resident. Seasonal elevational movements in response to changing nectar resources likely, but... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Caripe-Paria Region EBA. Very local; declining. Known only from a small number of localities in Turimiquire Massif and Paria... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Venezuelan Flowerpiercer (Diglossa venezuelensis). 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).