Venezuelan Flowerpiercer, Venezuelan Flower-piercer
Diglossa venezuelensis by Kim Middleton(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil | ID#3778)
Family: THRAUPIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The Venezuelan Flowerpiecer’s range has been restricted to montane forests on a few mountains in northeast Venezuela. Clearing the land for agriculture and cattle have caused widespread habitat loss. Encroachment of slash and burn agriculture within the mountainous region has resulted in fragmented “island” habitats for this flowerpiecer to eke out a living. Most of the forested environment has had its understory cleared for shade grown coffee plantations, removing the flowerpiecers native food source. Flowerpiecers are specialized foragers which may also contribute to its decline. I am familiar with the Slaty Flowerpiecer from my time spent in Panama and Costa Rica. I used images of this more common bird to create the endangered species from Venezuela.
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