Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)


Black-belted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum haematostictum)


French: Dicée à poitrine noire German: Schwarzgürtel-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores pechinegro

Dicaeum haematostictum


, 1876,

Guimaras, Philippines


See D. australe. Proposed race whiteheadi (described from Mt Canloan, on Negros) considered indistinguishable from birds elsewhere in range. Monotypic.


Panay, Guimaras (perhaps extinct) and Negros, in WC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Plumage above is black, glossed blue; chin and throat white, black band across upper breast, rest of breast and belly grey with broad scarlet stripe down middle;... read more


Call “seet-seet”, sometimes becoming a trill; also “chip”, and rapid... read more


Occurs in forest and at forest edge, also in open country, secondary growth, cultivation, coconut... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders (Araneae); figs (Ficus); also fruits, flowers and possibly nectar and pollen from mistletoes (Loranthaceae).... read more


Nests found in Mar, Aug and Sept, and juveniles observed in Aug; males with enlarged testes in Dec–Mar and May. Nest 7–11 m... read more


None recorded.  

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Negros and Panay EBA. Has small, extremely fragmented range, severely affected by clearance of lowland forest and scrub,... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Black-belted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum haematostictum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 January 2019).