Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

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This tiny bird is one of our favourites, but is also one of the most irritating birds to spot and photograph! We used to only see it as a small dot flying away, chirping like it was laughing at us 😦 But recently this flowerpecker has been visiting one tree more often so we get better pictures of it!

Description: The Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) measures 9cm long and weighs 7-8g – tiny! It can be found in gardens and forests, though it is difficult to spot due to its size. As the name implies, the male has a red stripe from its head to back, with a dark blue body and a white belly. The female is plainer looking, being mostly olive green with a red tail.

Status: Common resident breeder.

Diet: Mostly nectar (it is called a flowerpecker!) and some small insects and fruits.

Fun fact: Although small, this flowerpecker has a very loud voice. Its chirps are a repetitive metallic tsit sound, which is why we nicknamed it Cheepy Bird :3


Pictures:

13th December 2014

We first spotted a male flowerpecker perched on a branch, bending over as if it was scratching itself against the branch. :3

0Y4A6867cThen we noticed a female flowerpecker hopping around the lower part of the tree!0Y4A7024cThe female is more drab-coloured than the male. Its eyes gleam in the sunlight :0

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(Hint: there’s the male in the top left corner and the female in the bottom right)


10th December 2014

Cheeping away, as usual.

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Anyone out there?

 

Putting every feather in place.

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2 December 2014

Mohawk fluff :3

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30th November 2014

Gazing out into the distance. It’s unusually unruffled today.

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17th November 2014

Flowerpeckers like preening a lot 😛 You can see the red stripe down the male’s back that runs down from its head to its tail.

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22nd October 2014

Our flowerpeckers always look ruffled and petrified. Because of their tiny size, any slight breeze is like a hurricane!

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17th October 2014

Doesn’t it look windswept?

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14th October 2014

Our first clear glimpse of a female scarlet-backed flowerpecker!

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Adorably fluffed up :30Y4A4774c


11th October 2014

This is how it gains its loud voice – practice 😉

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3rd August 2014

Our first (barely) recognizable pictures of the flowerpecker. It was travelling in a group with some sunbirds! Apparently flowerpeckers sometimes move in mixed species feeding flocks with sunbirds and white-eyes. When this picture was taken there was a procession of sunbirds and a flowerpecker moving from left to right 😛

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11 thoughts on “Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

    1. Aww thank you! 🙂 We’ve been dying to post more but the school year has started and we’ve been bogged down. Hopefully soon!
      Thanks again for the dedication 🙂 We’ll definitely check it out!

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    1. We have yellow-bellied sunbirds here too! They’re actually fairly common in Singapore 🙂 We call them olive-backed sunbirds. We have some pictures of them but we haven’t done up the post yet. Hopefully we’ll do it soon!

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