Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea

Colombian name: Picaflor de Antifaz
Masked Flowerpiercer, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Colombia
April 2012

The Masked Flowerpiercer is distributed in the Andes from northern Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to western Bolivia. See the distribution map at NatureServe.

Masked Flowerpiercer, Chingaza, Cundinamarca, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image It is found in cloudforest and forest borders up to the tree-line but mainly between 1,800 and 3,300 metres. It is a rich ultramarine blue with a black mask and red iris. The sexes are similar with the female being slightly duller.

It is more of a fruit-eating flowerpiercer than other members of the genus and eats small fruits and berries such as mistletoe.

Masked Flowerpiercer, Cerro de Guadalupe, Cundinamarca, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image

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