|White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera
Colombian name: Picaflor Flanquiblanco
|Colombia and Peru
The White-sided Flowerpiercer is distributed in the Andes from north-west Venezuela through Colombia and Ecuador to Peru. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found at between 1,600 and 2,800 metres in forest edges, cloudforest and highland gardens often feeding off flowering vines.
|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. Photo 5 shows an immature bird. They puncture flowers at the base in order to feed on the nectar and they occasionally feed on insects.|
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