Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

Disclamer: none of the pictures are mine unless stated

Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Deep-blue Flowerpiercer (Diglossa glauca)

…also known as the Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer, the deep-blue flowerpiercer is a species of tanager that is native to the humid Andean forests of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Like other flowerpiercers D. glauca uses its sharp bill to pierce the base of flowers to access nectar other birds would not be able to access. Interestingly D. glauca is the only species of flowerpiercer that has yellow eyes.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Thraupidae-Diglossa-D. glauca

Images: Duke University and Roger Ahlman

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