Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker – immature male and mistletoe

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“A number of Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers (Dicaeum cruentatum cruentatum) at this site (adults and young birds) feeding on nectar and fruit of various, different Mistletoe species including Malayan Mistletoe (Dendrophthae pentandra).

Fl'pkerSB-Dendro. pentandra [AmarSingh]

“Image shows an immature male feeding on the nectar (above) and fruit (below) of the Malaysian Mistletoe (Dendrophthae petendra). Both images show the same bird. I notice that there are a few images in OBI database labelled as ‘female or immature male’. Any bird with some red plumage developing on the head or blue gloss on wings is a male (both seen in this bird).

Fl'pkerSB-Dendro. pentandra [AmarSingh]

The image below shows an adult male with a fruit.

Fl'pkerSB-Dendro. pentandra [AmarSingh]

Wells (2007) noted the subspecies of Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker as D. c. cruentatum while Cheke & Mann (2008) use D. c. ignitum.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
16th January 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth at city fringe

References:
1.
Cheke, R. A. & C. F. Mann, 2008. Family Dicaeidae (Flowerpeckers). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & D. A. Christie (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 13. Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 350-389.
2. Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.

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