Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum melanozanthum)


French: Dicée à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauch-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores ventrigualdo

Pachyglossa melanozantha


, 1843,



Genetic analysis#R suggested that this species, along with D. chrysorrheum, D. agile and D. everetti (and presumably D. vincens and D. annae, which are unsampled), may be closer to genus Prionochilus; placed in separate genus Pachyglossa by some authors#R#R, but here considered better to await findings of further analyses. Monotypic.


Himalayas from N India (E Uttarakhand) and C Nepal E discontinuously to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, NE Bangladesh, W & E Myanmar and S China (W & SW Sichuan S to W & S Yunnan). Non-breeding also S to N Thailand, N Laos and extreme N Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

11·5–13 cm. Male has head and upperparts slaty blue-black with slight gloss, upperwing and tail black, two outer pairs of tail feathers with large white patch on... read more


Agitated “zit-zit-zit-zit”.  


Found in pine (Pinus) forest, in tall trees of open forest, clearings in rain­forest... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; probably also fruit, nectar and pollen, and in winter perhaps also leaves, of mistletoes (Loranthaceae). Solitary, elusive,... read more


Nesting in Apr in Myanmar; juvenile in Jun in India, and males with enlarged testes in Jul in Nepal. Clutch 3 eggs, white. No other... read more


Seasonal altitudinal movements recorded. Non-breeding visitor in winter months to N Thailand, SE... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce and local in India, local in Nepal and rare in Bhutan; only two records from Bangladesh, where possibly only a vagrant; in Myanmar, not... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum melanozanthum). 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).