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)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


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.

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