Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Black-fronted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum igniferum)


French: Dicée porte-flamme German: Rotkehl-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores encendido

Dicæum igniferum


, 1864,

Flores, Lesser Sunda Islands


Birds from Pantar and Alor previously recognized as race cretum, but considered inseparable from those in rest of range. Monotypic.


Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores, Solor, Adonara and Lembata#R, Pantar and Alor, in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

9 cm. Male has whole upperside from crown to rump dull scarlet, glossed violet on back; forehead, face, side of neck, scapulars, upperwing and tail purplish-black; chin white... read more


Rapidly repeated, thin, high-pitched “see-saw”. Song a very rapid, descending series, c... read more


Semi-deciduous, degraded or secondary forest, coastal monsoon scrub-forest, lightly wooded... read more

Food and feeding

No information; diet probably includes fruit, pollen and nectar of mistletoes (Loranthaceae). Forages singly, in pairs or in small groups;... read more


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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Nusa Tenggara EBA. Widespread and generally common.  

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Black-fronted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum igniferum). 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 9 April 2020).