Rusty Flowerpiercer Diglossa sittoides

Colombian name: Picaflor Canela
Female Rusty Flowerpiercer, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia
April 2012

The Rusty Flowerpiercer is distributed in the Andes from northern Venezuela south to north-west Argentina. See the distribution map at NatureServe.

Female Rusty Flowerpiercer, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image It is found in shrubby areas, at forest edges, open woodland and gardens. It is a flowerpiercer not found in the forest. It feeds on nectar and insects.

The male is bluish-grey above and cinnamon below. These photos are of a female - brownish olive above, yellowish-buff below with dusky streaks on the throat and chest.

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