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Bluish flowerpiercer        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Bluish flowerpiercers are near-endemics to the mountains of southwestern Colombia.   Flowerpiercers are nectar-feeders like hummingbirds but 'cheat' the flowers they visit by piercing the base of the blossom and stealing nectar without transferring pollen.   These were photographed at about 3000m elevation in Tatama National Park, Colombia.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015)