Bird Families

Genus Flowersuckers - Dicaeum



Dicaeum ignipectus

(Blyth, 1843)

J.Asiat.Soc.Bengal p.983

Myzanthe ignipectus

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Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 559736

Geographic range:

  • Dicaeum ignipectus ignipectus: E Himalayas (Kashmir) to s-cent. China, Myanmar and Indochina
  • Dicaeum ignipectus dolichorhynchum: Mts. of s peninsular Thailand and Malay Peninsula
  • Dicaeum ignipectus formosum: Montane forests of Taiwan
  • Dicaeum ignipectus cambodianum: Mts. of e Thailand and Cambodia
  • Dicaeum ignipectus beccarii: Montane forests of Sumatra
  • Dicaeum ignipectus luzoniense: N Philippines (montane forests of n Luzon)
  • Dicaeum ignipectus bonga: Central Philippines (Samar I.)
  • Dicaeum ignipectus apo: Mts. of s Philippines (Negros and Mindanao)
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Rod Suckers

The genus Flowersuckers - Dicaeum - unites birds that are found mainly in New Guinea and the Philippines. The rest of the range stretches from India through China to the southern borders of Australasia. They usually live in small groups on trees or in bushes. The flower beetles do not migrate, but remain faithful to their place of birth.

The flower sucker is a small bird with short legs and tails. The plumage has a dull color, both sexes are almost the same. In some species, males are distinguished by brighter plumage. The short beaks have protrusions like small teeth that help the flower beetles to eat sticky fruits. Their tongue is rolled into a tube, which makes it easier to get the nectar. In addition to him, flower beetles feed on berries and fruits, they also do not disdain insects and spiders. The yellow berries are preferred by the Loranthus longiflorus plant of the Belnet family and are an important factor in the spread of its seeds.

The nests of flower beetles have a round shape, they are suspended from tree branches and the entrance to them is on the side. Various stalks and cobwebs are used as a building material. In clutch there are from two to four eggs.

* Genus Flowersuckers (Dicaeum) includes:

o mistletoe flower beetle, or swallow (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
o red-bellied flower sucker, or vizayan (Dicaeum haematostictum)
o bearded flower sucker (Dicaeum annae)
o Bismarck flower sucker (Dicaeum eximium)
o Bornean flower sucker (Dicaeum monticolum)
o borespine flower sucker (Dicaeum everetti)
o bronze flower sucker (Dicaeum aeneum)
o thick-billed flower sucker (Dicaeum agile)
o monochromatic flower sucker (Dicaeum concolor)
o fire-chested flower sucker (Dicaeum ignipectus)
o fire-headed flower sucker (Dicaeum trochileum)
o fiery peduncle (Dicaeum erythrothorax)
o yellow-bellied flower sucker (Dicaeum melanoxanthum)
o yellow-backed flower sucker (Dicaeum chrysorrheum)
o golden flower sucker (Dicaeum anthonyi)
o gray-breasted flower sucker (Dicaeum proprium)
o salmon-billed flower sucker (Dicaeum erythrorhynchos)
o Louisiana flower sucker (Dicaeum nitidum)
o flower sucker Mage (Dicaeum maugei)
o yellow-sided flower sucker (Dicaeum aureolimbatum)
o red-collared flower sucker, or Mindoran (Dicaeum retrocinctum)
o red-headed flower sucker (Dicaeum nehrkorni)
o olive-headed flower sucker (Dicaeum nigrilore)
o Papua flower sucker (Dicaeum pectorale)
o crimson flower sucker (Dicaeum sanguinolentum)
o red-bellied flower sucker (Dicaeum australe)
o red-headed flower sucker (Dicaeum geelvinkianum)
o red-throated flower sucker (Dicaeum igniferum)
o swallow flower sucker (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
o ruby-throated flower sucker (Dicaeum trigonostigma)
o scarlet flower sucker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
o black-cheeked flower sucker, or celebessky (Dicaeum celebicum)
o ash flower sucker (Dicaeum vulneratum)
o variegated flower sucker, or Sankristobal (Dicaeum tristrami)
o four-color flower sucker (Dicaeum quadricolor)
o white-bellied flower sucker (Dicaeum hypoleucum)
o white-throated flower sucker (Dicaeum vincens)
o bicolor flower sucker (Dicaeum bicolor)
o dwarf flower sucker (Dicaeum pygmaeum)