|Slaty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa plumbea)|
The Slaty Flowerpiercer is found in the Highlands of Nicaragua South through Costa Rica and to western Panama. Although it has a limited range, it is not thought to be a threatened species.
As its name implies, the slaty flowerpiercer pierces the base of the flowers of shrubs and epiphytes with its bill and extracts the nectar through the hole with a brush-like tongue. It also feeds on tiny insects taken from foliage or in flight. It is attacked by territorial hummingbirds defending their feeding areas, and then retreats to dense cover.
|"Here's Looking at You" Slaty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa plumbea)|
|Slaty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa plumbea) You can see it's hooked bill|
|Slaty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa plumbea) Grabbing a hold of a flower|
|Slaty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa plumbea) Feeding|
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