flowerpecker


flowerpecker
/flow"euhr pek'euhr/, n.
any of numerous small, arboreal, usually brightly colored oscine birds of the family Dicaeidae, of southeastern Asia and Australia.
[1880-85; FLOWER + PECKER]

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bird
 any of 47 species belonging to the songbird family Dicaeidae, order Passeriformes, that have a double-tubed and brush-tipped tongue and finely serrated bill. Flowerpeckers occur in southern Asia, western Pacific islands, and Australia. They flit about, twittering, in trees and shrubs where they find small fruits. The pouchlike, felted nest may have a porched side entrance. A species seen in gardens from India and southern China to Indonesia is the scarlet-backed flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum); 9 cm (3.5 inches) long, it is red, black, and white. The pygmy flowerpecker (D. pygmeum) of the Philippines is only about 6 cm long. The largest flowerpeckers are only about 23 cm in total length.

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