White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera

Colombian name: Picaflor Flanquiblanco
Male White-sided Flowerpiercer, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia
April 2012

The White-sided Flowerpiercer is distributed in the Andes from north-west Venezuela through Colombia and Ecuador to Peru. It is found at between 1,600 and 2,800 metres in forest edges, cloudforest and highland gardens often feeding off flowering vines.

Male White-sided Flowerpiercer, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image The male, seen here in photos 1 and 2, is dark grey with a white tuft on the sides which can be concealed. The female, in photos 3 and 4 has a smaller white tuft and is olive brown above and pale brown below. They puncture flowers at the base in order to feed on the nectar and they occasionally feed on insects.

Male White-sided Flowerpiercer, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image

Male White-sided Flowerpiercer, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image

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