Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-sided Flowerpiercer (Diglossa albilatera)


French: Percefleur à flancs blancs German: Schieferhakenschnabel Spanish: Pinchaflor flanquiblanco

Diglossa albi-latera


, 1843,

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). White-sided Flowerpiercer (Diglossa albilatera). 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 23 May 2019).