Flowerpecker of Vietnam – Dicaeidae

With 8 species Flowerpeckers of Vietnam, with the separate distribution. Journey to find this family quite get a small challenge. Scarlet-backed & Fire-breasted Flowerpecker are 2 species easy to find with any birder, especially Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker.

You may know: Flowerpeckers may occur in mixed-species feeding flocks with sunbirds and white-eyes, as well as other species of flowerpecker. So you have to focus and watch them carefully to ID them.

The overview of Flowerpeckers families

The Flowerpeckers are a family, Dicaeidae, of passerine birds. The family comprises two genera, Prionochilus and Dicaeum, with 50 species in total. The family has sometimes been included in an enlarged sunbird family Nectariniidae. The berrypeckers of the family Melanocharitidae and the painted berrypeckers, Paramythiidae, were once lumped into this family as well. The family is distributed through tropical southern Asia and Australasia from India east to the Philippines and south to Australia. The family has a wide range occupying a wide range of environments from sea level to montane habitats. Some species, such as the mistletoebird of Australia, are recorded as being highly nomadic over parts of their range

Nectar forms part of the diet, although they also take berries, spiders and insects. Mistletoes of 21 species in 12 genera have been found to be part of the diet of Flowerpeckers, and it is thought that all species have adaptations to eat these berries and dispose of them quickly.

The breeding biology of the Flowerpeckers has been little studied. In the species where data has been collected they apparently form monogamous pairs for breeding, but the division of labour varies; in scarlet-breasted flowerpeckers both parents participate in all aspects of nest building, incubation and chick rearing, but in the mistletoebird the female undertakes the first two tasks alone.

Flowerpeckers lay 1–4 eggs, typically in a purse-like nest of plant fibres, suspended from a small tree or shrub. Recorded incubation times are scarce, but range from 10–12 days, with fledging occurring after 15 days.

The two genera in the family are separated on the basis of the length of the outermost primary which is elongated in Prionochilus and reduced in most Dicaeum species although D. melanozanthum is an exception with an elongated outer primary. Molecular phylogeny studies, however, suggest that some Dicaeum are closer to species traditionally in Prionochilus and that generic placements across the family may need to be revised.

The majority of flowerpeckers are resilient in their habits and are not threatened by human activities. Five species are considered to be near threatened by the IUCN, two are listed as vulnerable and one, the Cebu Flowerpecker, is listed as critically endangered. The status of the enigmatic spectacled flowerpecker is unknown. Habitat loss is the cause of the declines of these species

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Flowerpeckers of Vietnam species note

Flowerpeckers Of Vietnam

Thick-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum agile

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour cover: Exclude Northern

Hotspot: Tram Chim, Can Gio, Cat Tien

Flowerpeckers Of Vietnam

Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Dicaeum chrysorrheum

Status: Fairly Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Can Gio, Cat Tien, Tan Phu

Flowerpeckers Of Vietnam

Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum melanoxanthum

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Northern Highlands

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan Moutain

Flowerpeckers Of Vietnam

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma

Status: Rare Local Resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr



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Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum minullum

Status: Local fairly common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Southern

Hotspot: Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Bach Ma

Flowerpeckers Of Vietnam

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus

Status: Local common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Plains

Hotspot: Dalat, Kontum, Phong Nha

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Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum

Status: Fairly Common Residents (Throughout)

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Nui Dinh, Ma Da

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