Thick-billed Flowerpecker

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Scientific Name: Dicaeum agile

Malay Name: Sepah-Puteri Ekor Salji Biasa

Chinese Name: 厚嘴啄花鸟

Range: Found from Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: agile, zeylonicum, pallescens, modestum, atjehense, finschi, tinctum, obsoletum.

Size: 10 cm

Identification: Adults have brownish to olive-green upperparts, pale white underparts with dark streaks, reddish orange eyes, malar line and a dark thick bill. Juveniles have pink bills and faint streaks.

Habitat: Broadleaved forest and forest edge.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages at the canopy of flowering and fruiting trees probably for mistletoes and small insects. Often observed twisting/jerking its tail when perched like it is dancing.

Local Status: Very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

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BirdLife International. (2017). Dicaeum agile. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. 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.