Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus, male, Dulong Gorge, Yunnan, China, elev. 2430 m (7,970 ft.), June. (Craig Brelsford)
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
Female, Yunnan, February. (Craig Brelsford)

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus occurs from Himalayan foothills of India to Sumatra and the Philippines. Nominate resident southern Shaanxi and southeast Tibet to Guangdong and Hainan; formosum on Taiwan. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Forests, in summer to 2500 m (8,200 ft.), lower in winter. Often among mistletoe, the berries of which it eats and the seeds of which it disperses; eats other fruits as well as insects. ID Male has deep blue-green upperparts and black cheeks and sides of throat, extending down to shoulders. Underparts pale yellow, with fire-orange breast patch; black stripe connects breast patch and belly. Female olive-green above (greenest on rump) with blackish wings and tail; buffy-yellow below, warmest on flanks. Has darker face and underparts and greener upperparts than Plain Flowerpecker D. minullum. BARE PARTS Bill, feet black. VOICE Song a series of short, sharp, warbling, almost tit-like cheeps and whistles. Harsh calls. — Craig Brelsford

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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