French: Percefleur à flancs blancs German: Schieferhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor flanquiblanco
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia.
Closely allied to D. venezuelensis. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
D. a. federalis
Hellmayr, 1922 – coastal cordillera of N Venezuela (from Aragua E to Distrito Federal and Vargas, probably also adjacent Miranda).
D. a. albilatera
Lafresnaye, 1843 – Sierra de Perijá (Colombia–Venezuela border), Andes of Venezuela (from Lara S to Táchira), and Colombia in Santa Marta Mts and all three ranges of Andes S to S Ecuador (except extreme SW) and probably to N Peru (Cajamarca).
D. a. schistacea
Chapman, 1925 – extreme SW Ecuador and NW Peru W of R Marañón.
D. a. affinis
J. T. Zimmer, 1942 – Peru from R Utcubamba watershed in Amazonas (E of R Marañón) and on W slope in Ayacucho S to NW Cuzco.
12 cm; male 8·5–12·7 g, female 8–11·4 g (Colombia). Small flowerpiercer with thin, short and somewhat upturned bill, upper mandible with distinct hook at tip, lower... read more
Song in Venezuela 1–2 high shrill notes followed by lower-pitched rattle-trill of even pitch and... read more
Exhibits fondness for flowering vines, and occurs in humid overgrown clearings, shrubby forest... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar; probably also insects. Forages singly or in loose pair, or occasionally a family of three seen together; follows mixed-species... read more
Fledglings reported in Nov and Apr, immatures in Jul and Dec and birds in breeding condition in Apr–Aug in Colombia; eggs in Mar and... read more
Poorly documented. Presumed resident, but some seasonal wandering (or possibly regular migratory... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Widespread in more open, sunny, montane habitats where flowering shrubs and bushes present. Found in many protected areas, among them... read more
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