Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Chestnut-Bellied Flowerpiercer

The chestnut-bellied flowerpiercer, like the gold-ringed tanager and Munchique wood-wren I've just posted on, was another bird my guide told me people came from all over the world to to see. We saw it on the top of Montezuma Mountain, within a stones throw of the military base that sits on top at about 8,200 feet in elevation. 
It is mostly black with a chestnut-rufous belly and blue-gray upper-wing coverts.  Its slender bill is used to pierce flowers at the base to obtain nectar and gives it its name. 

Wikipedia notes that it was first described in 1912 and Birds of the World notes that there were no records of the species from 1965 to 2003, probably because of gorilla activity in those areas during the Pablo Escobar years. It is found in only five discontiguous areas in the highlands of the Western Andes in Colombia. One of those, of course, is Montezuma Mountain in Tatama NNP. It is found at elevations of 9,842 feet to 12,467 feet, except on Montezuma Mountain where it is found as low as 7,847 feet. Birds of the World says it is endangered.  
Chestnut-bellied flowerpiercer range from Wikipedia.

1 comment:

  1. The show-off version (color-wise) of our local robin.