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Chestnut-breasted flowerpiercer        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Chestnut-breasted flowerpiercers are endemic to mountains in southwestern Colombia.   All 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 3000 m in Tatama National Park.

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