Flowerpiercers – Genera: Diglossa and Diglossopis

The Flowerpiercers are part of the tanager family. They were named for their habit of piercing the base of flowers with their highly adapted bills to access the nectar inside the flower.

Most of them occur naturally in the highlands of South America (in particular the Andes), but a couple of the species are found in Central America.

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Slaty Flowerpiercer, Diglossa plumbea

Female Slaty Flowerpiercer, Diglossa plumbea, Los Santos Forest Reserve, Costa Rica


  • Genus Diglossa
    • Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa baritula).
    • Slaty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa plumbea).
    • Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides).
    • Venezuelan Flowerpiercer (Diglossa venezuelensis).
    • Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosissima).
    • White-sided Flowerpiercer (Diglossa albilatera).
    • Glossy Flowerpiercer (Diglossa lafresnayii).
    • Moustached Flowerpiercer (Diglossa mystacalis).
    • Merida Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosa).
    • Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis).
    • Black-throated Flowerpiercer (Diglossa brunneiventris).
    • Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa carbonaria).
    • Scaled Flowerpiercer (Diglossa duidae).
    • Greater Flowerpiercer (Diglossa major).
  • Genus Diglossopis
    • Indigo Flowerpiercer (Diglossopis indigotica).
    • Deep-blue Flowerpiercer (Diglossopis glauca).
    • Bluish Flowerpiercer (Diglossopis caerulescens).
    • Masked Flowerpiercer (Diglossopis cyanea).
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