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Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker, A Striking Tiny Bird That Wears A Navy Blue Coat With A Vivid Red Streak

The scarlet-backed flowerpecker is such an outstanding bird. This striking little creature wears a navy blue coat with a vivid red streak running right down from its head to tail.

This bright red streak is what makes this flowerpecker conspicuous in the world of birds.
Its underparts, however, are a bit less gorgeous. They are in black and white only.

Unlike male scarlet-backed flowerpeckers, the females have olive-green plumage with a black tail, making them look like juveniles. Both sexes share the same gorgeous red streak.

This passerine bird is so tiny. It weighs only 7 to 8 grams (0.25 to 0.28 oz) and is 9 cm (3.5 in) long.

The scarlet-backed flowerpecker distributes in many parts of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This species inhabits mainly tropical and or subtropical moist lowland forests, wooded areas, and gardens. They are found living at an altitude of 1000 m (3500 ft).

But you may also spot it in flower and fruit gardens, especially mistletoe.
Its main diets are figs and fruits.

After finding mates, female scarlet-backed flowerpeckers build their nest hanging on a high branch. This nest is in the shape of a pouch and has a side entrance. All members of the flowerpecker family do this when building their nests.

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H/T: One Big Birdcage

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