Family Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-vented Flowerpecker (Dicaeum chrysorrheum)


French: Dicée cul-d’or German: Gelbsteiß-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores pechiestriado

Dicaeum chrysorrheum


, 1829,



See D. melanozanthum. Proposed race intensum (from Sikkim, in N India) considered synonym of chrysochlore. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. c. chrysochlore Blyth, 1843 – Himalayan foothills from C Nepal E to NE India (Assam, S to Mizo Hills), E Bangladesh (Chittagong Hills), Myanmar, S China (W & SE Yunnan) and Indochina, and S to C peninsular Thailand (Isthmus of Kra).
  • D. c. chrysorrheum Temminck, 1829 – S Thailand (S of Isthmus of Kra) S to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Java (including Madura I) and Bali.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10 cm; male 9·1–10·1 g, female 9 g. Greenish flowerpecker with striped underparts, large curved bill. Male nominate race has lores white, crown,... read more


    A single “zeet”; flight call a repeated “zit-zit-zit”; also a repeated... read more


    Lowland and hill dipterocarp forest, lower montane forest and secondary forest, moist deciduous and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on fruits of mistletoes and small figs (Ficus), berries of Muntingia calabura, nectar; also insects, including... read more


    Laying Apr–Aug in India, fledglings in Jan in S Thailand, and juveniles in May and Sept in Peninsular Malaysia. Nest built by both... read more


    Sometimes makes dispersal movements. Apparently crosses to Singapore from Peninsular Malaysia more... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in India, but rare in Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh; uncommon in Myanmar and in Borneo; uncommon to common in Malay Peninsula; rare in Sumatra... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Yellow-vented Flowerpecker (Dicaeum chrysorrheum). 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 30 March 2020).