Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Scarlet in the garden

Scarlet-backed flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum. The male's fiery red scarlet feathers well made up for his shortish protrusion of a tail feather. His visits are regular like clock-work, skittish but gets comfy quite fast once he starts feeding of the mistletoe flowers. The female is drab grey olive but with a touch of scarlet by the side of the rump.

1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic little bird. We have a Mistletoebird in Australia that looks similar.