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Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker (male)

Dicaeum trochileum


Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker is a polymorphic bird species. This one is the male. The male has an obvious scarlet plumage (as its name) from head to the base of the tail. When it's fyling, its contrast grey and scarlet body plumage is very obvious. The female has grey plumage and a small scarlet mark on the base of the tail.


Quite common in urban ecosystem.

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Marsya Christyanti
Marsya Christyanti 9 years ago

the color will be more wonderful when you see it directly :D it's really hard to see it clearly even with binoculars because it's size is so small and it moves fast

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wonderful, incredible colour!

Marsya Christyanti
Marsya Christyanti 9 years ago

I dont know for sure why it is named flowerpecker. In Indonesia, we call it "Cabai Jawa", in English "Javan Chili" because it has scarlet color just like red chilli. In my lecturer's research about tree preference among birds, it was stated that this species ate fruits. maybe fruitpecker is more proper

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Does that mean he sips nectar instead of eating insects or seeds?


Spotted on Apr 6, 2012
Submitted on May 3, 2012

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