Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Plain Flowerpecker (Dicaeum minullum)


French: Dicée olivâtre German: Einfarb-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores sencillo

Dicæum minullum


, 1870,

Yu-lin-kan, Hainan


Usually considered conspecific with D. concolor, but differs in its olive-green vs (greenish-washed) grey neck, back and rump (1); black-scaled grey vs all-grey crown (1); slightly contrasting pale lores vs larger and more contrasting area covering the frons (2); shallower, shorter, less decurved bill (effect size −3.75; score 2); described calls “shorter and drier than in Nilgiri”#R (at least 1)#R. Race virescens also argued as distinct species, but appears to differ from other subspecies in present species only in its greyish-white vs pale yellowish-grey throat and breast and yellow vs pale yellowish-grey belly (2); supposedly different voice#R. Geographical variation generally rather subtle; uchidai could perhaps be included in olivaceum. Other proposed races are inornatum (Nepal) and sinense (foothills of Omei Shan, in Sichuan, S China), both subsumed within olivaceum. Six subspecies currently recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. m. virescens A. O. Hume, 1873 – Andaman Flowerpecker – Andaman Is (at least Middle and South).
  • D. m. olivaceum Walden, 1875 – Himalayan foothills from C Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, S to Assam, Nagaland and Manipur), E Bangladesh (Chittagongs), Myanmar, S China (Sichuan S to SE Xizang, Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong), Thailand and Indochina.
  • D. m. minullum Swinhoe, 1870 – Plain Flowerpecker – Hainan.
  • D. m. uchidai Nagamichi Kuroda, 1920 – Taiwan.
  • D. m. borneanum Lönnberg, 1925 – Peninsular Malaysia (S from N Perlis and Penang), Sumatra, N Natuna Is and Borneo.
  • D. m. sollicitans E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – Java (including Madura) and Bali.
  • Descriptive notes

    7·5–9 cm; 4–6 g (race olivaceum), 5·8 g (borneanum). Adult nominate race is slightly smaller and smaller-billed than formerly conspecific D. concolor... read more


    Calls “tik-tik-tik” or “chirp-chirp-chirp”, sharp “chek”, very short staccato ticking “chrik”,... read more


    Various forest types, including evergreen, moist deciduous, peatswamp, submontane heath and montane... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, spiders (Araneae), figs (e.g. Ficus caulocarpa); in particular, fruits and nectar of mistletoes, especially those of... read more


    Egg-laying in Mar–Sept in Nepal and NE India, and chiefly May–Jun in Andaman Is (breeding condition in Mar); laying in Mar and males with... read more


    Probably seasonal altitudinal movements in higher parts of range. Vagrant in Hong Kong (SE China).

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Local to common in Indian Subcontinent; widely but sparsely distributed in Myanmar, but common on coastal islands of Arakan; common... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Plain Flowerpecker (Dicaeum minullum). 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 24 February 2020).