Binomial name: Dicaeum cruentatum, Carl von Linné, 1758
The scarlet-backed flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) is a species of passerine bird in the flowerpecker family Dicaeidae. Sexually dimorphic, the male has navy blue upperparts with a bright red streak down its back from its crown to its tail coverts, while the female and juvenile are predominantly olive green. It is found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and occasionally gardens in a number of countries throughout South and East Asia.
The scarlet-backed flowerpecker was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in his landmark 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae, with the binomial name Certhia cruentata, among the treecreepers. It was later reclassified into the flowerpecker genus Dicaeum. The specific epithet cruentatum 'bloodstained' is derived from the Latin verb crǔentare 'to stain with blood'. Genetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA of 70% of flowerpecker species showed the scarlet-backed and black-fronted flowerpecker (D. igniferum) - which is endemic to the Indonesian Lesser Sunda Islands - to be each other's closest relative; the males of both species have red plumage on their backs.
Measuring 9 cm (3.5 in) and weighing 7 to 8 g, the scarlet-backed flowerpecker is a small bird with a short tail. It exhibits sexual dimorphism. The male has a navy blue face, wings and tail, with a broad bright red stripe from its crown to its upper tail coverts. The female is predominantly olive green with a black tail and scarlet upper tail coverts and rump. Both sexes have creamy white underparts, black eyes and legs, and a dark grey arched bill. The juvenile has plumage similar to the female but has an orange bill and lacks the bright red rump.
Distribution and habitat
It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. No global population studies have been undertaken; it is thought to be common throughout most of its range particular in Thailand, although it is considered rare in Bhutan and Nepal. It is found up to 1000 m (3500 ft), in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, wooded areas and gardens.
In the north of its range, it is found in southeastern China to Fujian (as the subspecies Dicaeum c. cruentatum). It has been recorded from both native and plantation forest in West Bengal in India.
It has been observed feeding on the figs of Ficus fistulosa and F. grossularoides in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore. It visits
Syzygium jambos in urban Hong Kong.
The scarlet-backed flowerpecker weaves its pouch-shaped nest hanging from a branch high up in a tree. The nest has a side entrance, typical for those of the flowerpecker family.
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Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Passeriformes Family Dicaeidae Genus Dicaeum Species Dicaeum cruentatum
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
Scarlet-backed flowerpecker (male)
Scarlet-backed flowerpecker (female)
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National Park Pang Sila Thong District, Kamphaeng Phet Pha Daeng National Park Phan District, Chiang Rai Phanat Nikhom District, Chonburi Phatthana Nikhom District, Lopburi Pho Prathap Chang District, Phichit Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park Phu Foi Lom National Park Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary Phu Langka National Park Phu Pha Thoep National Park Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park Phu Suan Sai National Park Phu Toei National Park Phu Wiang National Park Phunphin District, Surat Thani Phutthamonthon District, Nakhon Pathom Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Pran Buri Forest Park Rattanaburi District, Surin Sai Noi District, Nonthaburi Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi Sai Yok National Park Sakaerat Environmental Research Station Salak Pra Wildlife Sanctuary Samae San Island Samut Prakan Province San Sai District, Chiang Mai Sanam Bin Reservoir Non-Hunting Area Sanam Chai Khet District, Chachoengsao Sattahip District, Chonburi Sawi District, Chumphon Si Racha District, Chonburi Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi Sikao District, Trang Sirinat National Park Sri Nakarin Dam National Park Sri Phang-nga National Park Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat Sung Men District, Phrae Surin Islands Ta Phraya National Park Tai Rom Yen National Park Takua Pa District, Phang Nga Taphan Hin District, Phichit Tarutao National Marine Park Tat Mok National Park Tha Chana District, Surat Thani Tha Chang District, Sing Buri Tha Phae District, Satun Tha Sala District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi Thai Mueang District, Phang Nga Thalang District, Phuket Thale Ban National Park Thale Noi Non-Hunting Area Than Sadet - Koh Pha-Ngan National Park Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani Thap Lan National Park Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi Thung Salaeng Luang National Park Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary Wang Chan District, Rayong Wang Mai Forest Restoration 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