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Thick-billed Flowerpecker - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo by aloktewari
Karad City, Dist. Satara, Maharashtra, India, December 2010
Dicaeum agile

Inlcudes: Striped Flowerpecker


9–10·4 cm (3½-4 in)

  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Greyish white underparts, streaked on the breast
  • Short tail
  • Short thick curved bill
  • Tubular tongue

The sexes are alike.


Luzon subspecies - striatissimum, sometimes split as Striped Flowerpecker
Photo by Romy Ocon
Mt. Makiling, Laguna Province, Luzon, Philippines, January 2007

Southern Asia from India east to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore (where it is a rare non-breeding visitor) to Indonesia and Timor.



Subspecies modestum
Photo by robby thai
Si Phang Na NP, Thailand, April 2016

There are 11 subspecies[1]:

  • D. a. agile: North-eastern Pakistan and peninsula India
  • D. a. zeylonicum: Sri Lanka
  • D. a. modestum: Southern peninsula Thailand, Malay Peninsula and Borneo
  • D. a. pallescens: Bangladesh to Burma, northern Thailand and north Vietnam
  • D. a. atjehense: Northern Sumatra (Aceh, Utara and Selatan)
  • D. a. finschi: Western Java
  • D. a. tinctum: Lesser Sundas (Sumba, Flores and Alor)
  • D. a. obsoletum: Timor (eastern Lesser Sundas)
  • D. a. striatissimum: Northern Philippines (Lubang, Luzon, Romblon, Sibuyan, Catanduanes)
  • D. a. aeruginosum: Central and southern Philippines (Cebu, Negros, Mindoro and Mindanao)
  • D. a. affine: South-western Philippines (Palawan)

The last three subspecies from the Philippines are sometimes split as Striped Flowerpecker, Dicaeum aeruginosum.


A variety of woods and forests, both broadleaved evergreen. Found in the canopy and forest edges, gardens with fruit trees, particularly figs.


They jerk their tails from side to side.


They build a purse-like nest suspended from a tree. The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs.


Their diet consists mostly of fruit, particularly figs and lantana. They also eat flowers, nectar and insects, including spiders.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. AvianWeb

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