Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Olive-capped Flowerpecker (Dicaeum nigrilore)


French: Dicée à calotte olive German: Olivkopf-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores de Mindanao

Dicæum nigrilore

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1904,

Mount Apo, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], Mindanao, Philippines


Tongue morphology of present species unlike that of any other member of family examined. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. n. nigrilore E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 – mountains of W, C & S Mindanao, in S Philippines.
  • D. n. diuatae Salomonsen, 1953 – E Mindanao (Mt Hilong-Hilong, Mt Pasian and Mt Puting Bato).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 9·8 cm; 9·5–12·4 g. Fairly modest-looking flowerpecker with long, slender, curved bill. Nominate race has top of head light olive, mantle brown... read more


    High-pitched, scratchy “zuti-zuti-zuti-zuti…” repeated 10–15 times; high... read more


    Submontane and montane forests above 900 m; found particularly around flowering and fruiting trees... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information; diet thought to include fruits, pollen and nectar of mistletoes (Loranthaceae).  


    Nest-building observed in May; birds with active gonads in Jan, Apr and May. Nest, under construction, spherical, 15–18 cm in... read more


    None recorded.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Common. Nominate race occurs on Mt Malindang, Mt Kitanglad, Mt Apo, Mt... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Olive-capped Flowerpecker (Dicaeum nigrilore). 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 18 January 2020).