Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Sumatran Flowerpecker (Dicaeum beccarii)


French: Dicée de Beccari German: Sumatramistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores de Sumatra

Dicaeum beccarii

Robinson and Kloss

, 1916,

Kerinci, Sumatra


Hitherto treated as conspecific with D. ignipectus and D. cambodianum (along with D. luzoniense), but differs from cambodianum in characters given under that species. Differs from D. ignipectus in its lack of red breast in male (3); blackish-grey vs blackish lower head sides and ventral streak in male (1); greenish vs whitish-buff central underparts in female (3); evidently different song (but only one recording; ns)#R. Proposed race vanheysti (from Berastagi, in N Sumatra) is a synonym. Monotypic.

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Montane forests of Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

7–9 cm. Adult male is distinctive (compared to remainder of D. ignipectus species complex) having glossy blue-green head and upperparts including tail, dull blackish... read more


Song described as a high-pitched, descending, three-note “tsit-tsit-tsit” that lasts 0·6 seconds,... read more


Submontane and montane forest, and edges, at 800–2200 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


Nest in Mar (Batak Highlands), but no description of either the structure or the species’ eggs, and no further information available.


None known, but some altitudinal movement might be expected.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Believed to be generally common within its fairly small... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Sumatran Flowerpecker (Dicaeum beccarii). 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 19 January 2019).