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)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


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.

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