Thickbilled flowerpecker

Dicaeum agile

TAXONOMY

Fringilla agilis Tickell, 1833, Bengal, India. Eleven subspecies. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Striped flowerpecker; French: Dicée à bec épais; German: Dickschnabel-Mistelfresser; Spanish: Pica Flor de Pico Ancho.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

4 in (10.2 cm); 0.32 oz (9 g). Olive-gray upperparts with whitish, lores, breast, belly, and undertail coverts.

DISTRIBUTION

Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, north Vietnam, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, and the Philippines.

HABITAT

Forests, woods, plantations, and gardens from sea-level up to 9,800 ft (3,000 m).

BEHAVIOR

Acrobatic feeder that joins mixed-species groups. Characteristically wags its tail when perched.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feeds in bushes and trees up to 100 ft (30 m) on wild fruits and berries of figs and mistletoes, spiders, and insects.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nest looks like a dead leaf suspended in a tree and resembles a small pouch made of fibers, buds, vegetable down, and spiders' webs with a side entrance. Lays clutch of two to four pale pink eggs with speckles of red during January-August.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. Common in most of its range but rare in Myanmar and Indonesia.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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