Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker

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)

Location: Only a single sighting of a male bird on 1 January 2015 at a wooded area near Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Prionochilus thoracicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.