Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus maculatus)


French: Dicée tacheté German: Goldbrust-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores moteado

Pardalotus maculatus


, 1836,



Geographical variation not well marked. Race septentrionalis intergrades with oblitus in S Thailand. Proposed race opistatus (from Nias I) insufficiently distinct from nominate to warrant separation. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. septentrionalis Robinson & Kloss, 1921 – extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and peninsular Thailand.
  • P. m. oblitus (Mayr, 1938) – extreme S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • P. m. maculatus (Temminck, 1836) – Sumatra (including Nias I and Belitung) and Borneo.
  • P. m. natunensis (Chasen, 1935) – N Natuna Is (Bunguran).
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; male 7·5–11·8 g, female 7·8–7·9 g. Nominate race has dark olive-green head, orange patch on crown, pale lores; upperparts,... read more


    High-pitched “tswik”; various harsh, metallic chittering calls; hoarse disyllabic, “tsweet-tsweet”... read more


    Dipterocarp, alluvial and secondary forests, peatswamp-forest, occasionally in montane forest, at... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, nectar and pollen of mistletoes (Loranthaceae); other fruits, including those of Melastoma malabathricum andfigs (... read more


    In Malay Peninsula, eggs mid-Aug, fledglings late Jul and late Oct, and juveniles early May to early Oct; laying in Mar on Belitung (... read more


    None recorded.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common in S Myanmar; locally common to uncommon in S Thailand and common in Peninsular Malaysia; not uncommon in Sumatra and Borneo. Formerly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus maculatus). 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 21 January 2019).