Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker

This species is defined as a Review Species. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Prionochilus thoracicus
Malay Name: Sepah-Puteri Belakang Kuning
Chinese Name: 赤胸锯齿啄花鸟

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


Size: 10 cm

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 non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

Featured articles:

Featured reports: Apr 2022, May 2022

Past accepted records in our database:

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.