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Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

From Opus

Revision as of 10:31, 13 February 2009 by AndyBright-51 (Talk | contribs)
Dicaeum cruentatum
Photo of male by [ chrisli ]
Photo taken: Singapore



Size from 7-9 cm. Male tricoloured: brillant scarlet from forehead to rump, black from sides of face down neck and wings to tail, bright red rump, pale whitish-grey below from throat down centre of breast and abdomen. Female -olive-grey with dark tail, bright red rump, pale whitish-grey below.


The Himalayas and southern China through South-East Asia to Sumatra and Borneo.



Frequents the the canopy of primary forests, feeding in clusters of fruiting mistletoes. At the forest edges frequently feeds on fruiting Melastoma shrubs.


Voice a frequent metallic tick often in flight.

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