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Black Flowerpiercer  (Diglossa humeralis) | by Frank Shufelt
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Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis)

August 9, 2017, near Manizales in Caldas, Colombia.

This is a Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis)

Flowerpiercers are tanagers that have a habit of piercing the base of flowers with their hook-tipped bill to access nectar. This is a small bird, about 13 cm or 5 inches in length.

The Black Flowerpiercer is found in at higher elevations in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. This image was taken at 3,500 meters or 11,500 feet above sea level.


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Taken on August 9, 2017