Flowerpeckers birds

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These are birds belong to a group under Dicaeidae

Worldwide there are all together 44 species of which 13 species could be found in South East Asia and all these could be seen in Malaysia.

These are tiny birds with short bodies and equally short bill and a tongue adapted for nectar feeding. In real situation they spend more time gathering small berries and insects. Most of them have short syllabus calls and continuous while going around in their hunt for food.

Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus maculatus
Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus percussus
Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker Prionochilus xanthopygius
Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus thoracicus
Thick-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum agile
Brown-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum everetti
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Dicaeum chrysorrheum
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma
Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum concolor
Black-sided Flowerpecker Dicaeum monticolum
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum
Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker Dicaeum trochileum

The male of most Flowerpeckers are attractive while the female are in drab olive green. I am not crazy about hunting them down as I can't. The common ones are constantly available while the sightings of those rarer birds are confined to specific places. They are small and in their routine hardly pause for moment in any particular spot. Meeting up with them does not necessary mean getting their pictures



1. Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker - Prionochilus percussus oblitus

Size & diagnostic markings:- 10 Cm. This tiny bird is usually found by the edge of forest path at nearly ground level,  perched on low scrubs. dashing from one plant to another, hardly stops. The upper part is slaty blue while the under part is in bright yellow. One red patch on the crown and another red patch on the center of the breast.
Distribution :-  This is a bird from the Sumatra, java and Borneo islands and now common resident in Malaysia.
Habitats & preferences:-This is a lowland forest edge foraging among the bushes. Its favorite are the fruits of the Melastoma molle plants that grows up to 50 cm tall but often on the slopes. Overall the bird is usually at eye level height but moving very swiftly around the area and not far way. So check out the fruiting season for this plant.
In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- The Crimson-breasted at 10 cm is the most common species to me with the places like Ampang & Perdik that visit regularly.
Record of bird's call :-    and Video:-


Pictures of the Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker

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 My personal jottings on the Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker/:-

Other than the orange-bellied, this I say would be the easiest to find Flowerpecker. First of all it is easy to recognize. the dark blue body and the 2 red patches. The problem is that the bird hardly pause for a while. It keeps moving from plants to plants. But there are. When the bird gets a ripe berry, then it will momentarily stop to swallow the large fruits.



2. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker - Dicaeum ignipectus dolichorhynchum


Size & diagnostic markings:- 9 Cm. This is bird is found in the sub-montane climate like Frasers Hills. As the pictures shows among the flowers most times. The Fire-breasted Flowerpecker is even smaller at less than 9 cm long. The upper part in dark blue and the under part in buffish yellow. then a red patch at the center of the breast followed by black line that runs backwards.
Distribution :- This is a bird of the Himalayas foothills stretching from a belt running from western Indian to  Tibet and southern China, then down to the Philippine and Sumatra Island. This is now resident of Malaysia.
Habitats & preferences:-This is a bird of the forest in the sub-montane and up to the montane region. No wonder only seen in Frasers Hills.
In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- So far Ii have seen the Bird among the Bottle brush trees, and have no chance to seeing them in other environment.
Record of bird's call :-    and Video:-


Pictures of the Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

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 My personal jottings on the Fire-breasted Flowerpecker :-

Honestly, I know so little about this species. Cannot even tell where else  is Frasers Hills that the bird could be found. Perhaps, that's it! It should not be seek! Just wait at the Bottle brush trees when they are flowering and the bird would come visiting. Not only in the morning but throughout the whole day. But seriously speaking beside this tree I have not encountered the bird under other circumstances.



3. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker  Dicaeum trigonostigma2


Size & diagnostic markings:- 9 Cm. This is the most common Flowerpecker as it calls when it is around the area. Attracting attention and the bright orange makes easy detection. The upper part starts with the slaty blue crown and goes all the way to the tail. The under part is grey throat and upper breast, the rest of the belly in orange.
Distribution :-  The bird traces its origin to the Bangladesh, the Greater Sundas and the Philippines. fairly common bird in Malaysia
Habitats & preferences:- In Southern Thailand and Malaysia, this bird prefers mangrove forest and is therefore a lowland forest bird.
In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- Its presence in the area is often proceeded but its constant calls. The bird like low trees particular the seeds from the Piper Aduncum inflorescence. These are scrubs that grows under the canopy of primary forest. Yes, this bird is found in edges of thick forest.
Record of bird's call :-    and Video:-

Pictures of the Orange-bellied Flowerpecker

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 My personal jottings on the Orange-bellied Flowerpecker :-

In this page the bird was also depicted harvesting berries. So far I have met up with the bird in the lowland forest and hardly in the sub-montane environment. This is one of the few Flowerpeckers that gives a constant call when it is in the area. Will never miss seeing it if it's there.



4. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker   Dicaeum cruentatum


Size & diagnostic markings:- 9 Cm. The Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker visits garden as well as forest. The main attraction luring this bird is a species of parasitic plants that grows into a cluster. Again this is another Flowerpecker that calls when foraging in the area. The upper part is is bright red including the crown. The under part or belly is white. Most significant would the black sides of the head down to the breast. Wings in glossy blue.
Distribution :-  The bird originates from northern India and southern China and then again in the Greater Sundas with Sumatra and Borneo.
Habitats & preferences:- The bird prefers trees on sparse open country with hill slopes and seen often gleaning from the stems of parasitic plants. More a bird of the middle to upper storey. Essentially a lowland bird which is readily seen in northern Peninsula. That type of habitats include forest edge, gardens in the slopes and secondary forest.
In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- I have this bird coming to the patch of parasitic plants on my rambutan tree and i saw the scene repeated on another tree in the Kiara park.
Record of bird's call :-    and Video:-

Pictures of the Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

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 My personal jottings on the Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker :-

Just be on a look out for these plants and the bird forages till late morning. Repeated in late afternoon. Since it is small bird and not easy to keep track of their presence in the area. Only alternative is to poach for them near such plants. If it is flowering and the birds are not coming then the area is scarce of this species.



5. Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker   Prionochilus maculatus oblitus


Size & diagnostic markings:- 10 Cm. This bird is easy to stalk if it is around the area otherwise it is difficult to locate. Again due to its habits of patronizing specific fruiting or flowering plants, there is a need to know the plants. The Yellow breasted Flowerpecker is a larger bird at about 10 cm. The upper part is greenish while the under part is pale and bright yellow with thick olive green streaks. The had has a prominent orange patch.
Distribution :-  Its origin is traced to the Island of Borneo and Sumatra but now a common resident in malaysia.
Habitats & preferences:- .This is a lowland forest birds foraging in the middle and upper storey. Here it was seen collecting berries in Ampang
In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- So far I have seen this bird on low scrub, meaning very foraging almost a ground level and also moving about flying just above the ground. One common plant is always found at the edge of forested track. At other times, the bird was in the middle storey of a fruiting tree
Record of bird's call :-    and Video:-

Pictures of the Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker

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 My personal jottings on the Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker :-

With a red dot on the head, even though the birds are of different colors, I got this bird and the Fire-breasted, which also has a red dot  mixed up. Both are hunting in the same type of environment . Forest edge and low scrub. the only differences is that this Yellow-breasted are seen more often up in the tree whereas the other more on the ground. Secondly, this one is seen less often as the type of fruits are more exclusive, the other less picky.

Then like the Scarlet-backed, fruits are also from another species of parasitic plants hanging from the trunk of a huge tree in the shade.



6. Yellow-vented Flowerpecker   Dicaeum chrysorrheum2


Size & diagnostic markings:- 11Cm. The difference of a couple of centimeters makes this bird so different. It appears larger as well as easier to spot. Again the bird hangs around parasitic plants but with consolation and "Cherry" trees. The upper part is is light yellowish olive color white the under part is white with very heavily streaked pattern. the beak is very slightly curved.
Distribution :-  This is a bird from Nepal, north eastern India and south-western China and the Greater Sundas
Habitats & preferences:- This is a lowland forest edge bird that prefers area with deep forest and coming out to the open for fruits.
In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- For a long time I had difficulty in meeting up with this bird. But now that I have found it in Pangsoon, it was always there on my every visit . It goes to show that the availability of this bird is not widespread but confined to certain locations that the bird remains.
Record of bird's call :-    and Video:-

Pictures of the Yellow-vented Flowerpecker

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 My personal jottings on the Yellow-vented Flowerpecker :-

I got pictures of this birds from the settlements outside Taman Negara and also the compound of the Wildlife department in Sungkai. Both location at the fringe of deep forest and by coincident, the bird were feeding on the fruits of the "Cherry trees" - Commersonia bartramia.

That was more than 10 years ago. Lately in Pangsoon, also around the same type of tree, the bird came daily and constantly throughout the day. I could say the setting is deep jungle with this very tree seen in urban areas.




Flowerpeckers which we get to see each time we are in field. First, appear such an easy bird to follow through. But now, I know getting to those few seldom seen Flowerpeckers may not be that easy after all.  So this is one page I KIV for more updates.