Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Dicaeum cruentatum

Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers, Dicaeum cruentatum


Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Dicaeum cruentatum - Male

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Dicaeum cruentatum - Female

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Dicaeum cruentatum - Male

The Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers (Dicaeum cruentatum) occur naturally in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, wooded areas and gardens up to 3,500 feet (1,000 m) elevations.   



These small birds measure about 3.5 inches (9 cm) in length (including the short tail) and weigh 0.25 – 0.28 oz (7 - 8 grams).

The male can be identified by his navy blue face, wings and tail. He has a broad bright red stripe stretching from his crown to the upper tail coverts.

The female’s plumage is mostly olive green, except for the black tail and scarlet upper tail coverts and rump.

Both genders have pale underparts, dark eyes and legs, and a dark grey arched bill.

Juveniles resemble females, except for lacking the bright red rump and their orange bills.



They mainly feed on figs and other fruits.


Breeding / Nesting:

These flowerpeckers wave pouch-shaped nests with side entrances, that hang from branches high up in the trees