Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Endangered

Venezuelan Flowerpiercer (Diglossa venezuelensis)


Taxonomy

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

Diglossa venezuelensis

Chapman

, 1925,

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

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Closely allied to D. albilatera. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

No information.

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61762 on 19 May 2019).