Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker (Prionochilus xanthopygius)


French: Dicée à croupion jaune German: Gelbbürzel-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores culigualdo

Prionochilus xanthopygius


, 1868,

Sarawak, Borneo




Borneo; also N Natuna Is (one record).

Descriptive notes

9 cm; male 6·5–8·6 g, female 6·9–8·6 g, unsexed juveniles 6·5–8·2 g. Male has slate-blue head, back, upperwing and... read more


High-pitched chittering in flight; other calls are “tsee-oo”, first note rising and... read more


Dipterocarp forest, peatswamp-forest, heath and secondary forests, at forest edge, in plantations... read more

Food and feeding

Flowers, pollen, nectar, ripe fruit pulp, buds, also insects and spiders (Araneae). Frequently forages at low levels, but found in all... read more


Nesting in Apr in Kalimantan Barat and Jul and Aug in Kalimantan Tengah; in Sabah, nest-building in Feb, birds with enlarged gonads in Feb... read more


No information.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common and widespread throughout Borneo. Status in N Natunas uncertain; only one confirmed record. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Danum... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker (Prionochilus xanthopygius). 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).