Scientific Name: Dicaeum agile
Malay Name: Sepah-Puteri Paruh Tebal
Chinese Name: 厚嘴啄花鸟
Found from Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: agile, zeylonicum, modestum, pallescens, atjehense, finschi, tinctum, obsoletum
Local Subspecies: remotum
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 resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Last two sightings were at Bukit Batok Nature Park (Dec 2005 to Jan 2006) and Central Catchment Forest (Dillenia Hut) on 22 Nov 2014.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2