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A GLOSSY BLUE BIRD WITH WHITE UNDERPARTS FROM WHICH RADIATES PROUDLY A PROMINENT SPLASH OF CRIMSON RED!

A GLOSSY BLUE BIRD WITH WHITE UNDERPARTS FROM WHICH RADIATES PROUDLY A PROMINENT SPLASH OF CRIMSON RED!
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A glossy blue bird with white underparts surrounding a prominent bright red belly.

MEET THE BLACK-BELTED FLOWERPECKER

The striped black tree (Dicaeum haematostictum) or the Visayan wood tree is a species of forest bird that can also be found in open forests from lowlands to high mountain areas. Black on top, bright blue, this bird has a white underparts with red markings running from the chest to the belly. This tape has a black border on the top.

This bird is sometimes known as the name red-keeled flowerpecker.

The Black-belted flowerpecker’s voice consists of high-pitched piping as well as “chik!” notes more typical of a flowerpecker.

 This bird can be found in and is endemic to the Philippines where it is restricted to Panay, Negros, and Guimaras islands.

Black-belted flowerpecker likes to inhabit tropical moist lowland forests up to 1,000 meters in elevation. It prefers primary forest and secondary forested areas, but it has also been known to visit cultivated fields and coconut plantations.

These birds are often seen feeding on flowering and fruiting trees.

Little is known about the reproductive behavior of flower peckers. However, both males and females of many woodpeckers are known to be involved in nest building, nesting, and feeding the young. The nests are small bag-like structures with slits at the top and are hung from a tree or plant. They are made of plants, lichen, dried flowers, feathers, small roots or grass, which are attached to the web and attached to the ground. Some nests are decorated with insect droppings or other debris. The most common holder is two beds, but up to four can be arranged.

IUCN has assessed this bird as vulnerable with the population being estimated at 6,000 to 15,000 mature individuals. This species’ main threat is habitat loss.

Photo Courtesy of —– ^ _ ^ —— – Visayan Flowerpecker / CC BY 2.0

WATCH A VIDEO OF A CLOSE RELATIVE OF THE BLACK-BELTED FLOWERPECKER, THE RED-KEELED FLOWERPECKER RIGHT HERE BELOW:

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