Myzante ignipectus Blyth, 1843, Nepal and Bhutan. Seven subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Buff-bellied flowerpecker; French: Dicйe а gorge feu; German: Feuerbrust-Mistelfresser; Spanish: Pica Flor de Lomo Verde.
3.5 in (8.9 cm); 0.14–0.28 oz (4–8 g). Black crown and upperparts with dark brown cheek, scarlet breast, and buff throat and belly.
D. i. apo: Mindanao and Negros; D. i. beccarii: Sumatra; D. i. bonga: Samar in the Philippines; D. i. cambodianum: Cambodia, northeast and southeast Thailand; D. i. dolichorhynchum: peninsular Malaysia; D. i. formosum: Taiwan; D. i. ignipectum: Kashmir, northeast India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, northern Myanmar, northern Indochina, southern China, southeast Tibet.
Montane forests, oak woodlands, rhododendrons, and cultivations up to 12,950 ft (3,950 m).
Active at tops of trees. Joins parties and mixed-species flocks in nonbreeding season.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Nectar, fruits and berries of mistletoes, insects, and spiders.
Two or three white eggs are laid in a purse-shaped nest made of vegetable material including rootlets, grass, and moss kept together with cobwebs and suspended in a tree 10–29 ft (3–9 m) up.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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