Masked flowerpiercer

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Masked flowerpiercer
Masked Flowerpiercer (Diglossopis cyanea).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Diglossa
Species: D. cyanea
Binomial name
Diglossopis cyanea
(Lafresnaye, 1840)

Diglossopis cyanea

The masked flowerpiercer (Diglossa cyanea) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. It is found in humid montane forest and scrub in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Flowerpiercers got their name from the fact that they have a sharp hook on the tip of their upper mandible which they use to slice open the base of flowers to get at the nectar.