Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker

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Scientific Name: Prionochilus thoracicus

Malay Name: Sepah-Puteri Belakang Kuning

Chinese Name: 赤胸锯齿啄花鸟

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 10 cm

Identification: Parrot-like bill that is stouter than in any other local flowerpeckers. Male has black head with a small red crown patch, bright red breast with black border, yellowish body and black wings and tail. Female has greyish head, whitish throat and yellowish underparts. Juvenile has more greyish-olive underparts than female.

Habitat: Forest and secondary growth.

Behaviour/Ecology: Mainly or completely frugivorous.

Local Status: Very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Prionochilus thoracicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.