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Louisiade Flowerpecker

From Opus

Alternative name: Papuan Flowerpecker

Dicaeum nitidum


[edit] Identification

9 cm.

  • Dull red cap, brighter red rump
  • Dark brownish-grey rest of upperparts, glossed blue and green
  • Blackish-brown remiges, greenish edged
  • Glossy blackish tail
  • Greyish side of head
  • Whitish chin and throat
  • Bright red patch on breast
  • Yellowish-olive rest of underparts, paler on central belly and undertail-coverts
  • White pectoral tufts
  • rosseli with glossed blue-green shoulders and more dark olive-green plumage

Females without red breast patch, juveniles without red on upperparts.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic on the Louisiade Archipelago, eastern Papua New Guinea.
A very poorly known restricted-range species.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies recognized:

  • D. n. nitidum on Louisiade Archipelago (Tagula and Misima islands)
  • D. n. rosseli on Rossel Isand (Louisiade Archipelago)

Forms a superspecies with Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker, Flame-breasted Flowerpecker, Ashy Flowerpecker, Olive-crowned Flowerpecker, Red-capped Flowerpecker, Red-banded Flowerpecker and Midget Flowerpecker.

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland forest and secondary growth.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on fruits and spiders.
Forages singly or in pairs in the canopy.

[edit] Breeding

No information.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453

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