Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker is a small bird which has been traced in both native and plantation forests in West Bengal in India. Male and female flowerpeckers differ in terms of physical features. The male bird has a navy blue face, wings and tail, with a broad bright red stripe from its crown to its upper tail coverts. Its female counterpart is predominantly olive green in color with a black- colored tail and scarlet uppertail coverts and rump. Creamy white underparts, black eyes and legs and a dark grey arched bill are common in the male and female birds.
Fire-Breasted Flowerpecker is found along the sub-Himalayan region in India. Male and female flowerpeckers differ in terms of physical features. The male bird has glossy blue-black upperparts. Its underside is buffy but there is a bright red breast patch and a short black stripe below the patch, which continues till the belly. Its female counterpart is dark olive above and buff below. The sides are olive and the bill has a pale base.
In India, Nilgiri Flowerpecker has been traced in hill forests of the Western Ghats and Nilgiri hills of southern India. This non-migratory species can be described as a bird having pale brown upperside, whitish underside and whitish brow in front of the eye. It is a small bird with a length of about 9 cm. This bird depends on soft berries and small insects for survival. It also consumes nectar with the help of its feathery tongue.
Thick-Billed Flowerpecker is described as an active bird and can be traced mainly on tops of the trees in forests. This bird is dark grey brown above and dull grayish with diffuse streaking on light buffy underparts. It has reddish iris and a dark, stout and heavy bill. Its beak and tail are dark stout and short, respectively. The bird belonging to the nominate race has slightly more olive rump. This flowerpecker depends predominantly on fruits.
Pale-Billed Flowerpecker is identified as a plain brownish to olive green bird with a pale supercilium. It is a small bird with a length of about 9 cm. Its underside is buff olive and does not contrast greatly with the upperparts. It can be traced in urban gardens with berry bearing trees. This bird feeds on nectar and berries.
(Last Updated on : 16-01-2017)
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