Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Fire-throated Flowerpecker (Dicaeum luzoniense)


French: Dicée de Luçon German: Feuerkehl-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores de Luzón

Dicæum luzoniense


, 1894,

mountains of northern Luzon


Hitherto treated as conspecific with D. ignipectus (along with D. cambodianum and D. beccarii), but differs in its flame-red throat (fuller than in D. i. formosum, covering more of throat and lower breast) (2); greyish-olive head sides and flanks, colour of latter remaining constant down flanks whereas head sides and upper flanks darker and lower flanks paler in D. ignipectus (2); slightly larger size (based on tiny sample in NHMUK; ns); song with slower pace (2), apparent lack of staccato rising note series (ns[1]) and no alternating notes in high-pitched song (1)#R. Birds on Panay (Mt Madja-as) apparently belong to an as yet undescribed race. Three subspecies currently recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. l. luzoniense#R Ogilvie-Grant, 1894 – N & C Luzon (N Philippines).
  • D. l. bonga#R E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 – Samar (EC Philippines).
  • D. l. apo#R E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 – Negros and Mindanao (Mt Malindang, Mt Kitanglad, Mt Hilong-Hilong, Mt Apo, Mt Puting Bato), in S Philippines.
  • Also present (race as yet undetermined) on Panay, in C Philippines.

    Descriptive notes

    9 cm. Adult nominate male is dark glossy green above, dull blackish on sides of head and neck, with white chin, extensive red on breast extending to throat, becoming yellow... read more


    Song is a combination of 1–2 introductory notes usually followed by a series of identical high-... read more


    Forest and forest edge, typically being seen around fruiting or flowering trees. Usually above 1000... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet. Observed alone or within mixed-species flocks.


    Birds with active gonads in Jan and May. Nest and eggs unknown. No further information.


    None known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered uncommon throughout most of its range.

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Fire-throated Flowerpecker (Dicaeum luzoniense). 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 20 January 2019).