Scientific Name: Dicaeum agile
Malay Name: Sepah-Puteri Ekor Salji Biasa
Chinese Name: 厚嘴啄花鸟
Found from Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: agile, zeylonicum, pallescens, modestum, atjehense, finschi, tinctum, obsoletum.
Size: 10 cm
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 resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)
Location: Last 3 sightings were at Bukit Batok Nature Park (Dec 2005 to Jan 2006), Central Catchment Forest (Dillenia Hut) on 22 Nov 2014 and Dairy Farm Nature Park between 16-17 Dec 2019.
BirdLife International. (2017). Dicaeum agile. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. 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.