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Flowerpecker


Flowerpecker (fuljhuri) group of tiny (8-10 cm), often brilliantly coloured songbirds of the family Nectariniidae, order Passeriformes. The birds have long pointed wings, stubby tails, and short conical bills. Many species have dull plumages, but the males of many others have bright colours and patterns, often involving areas of crimson and glossy blue-black.

Tickell’s flowerpecker

Almost all are arboreal, and feed largely on nectar, fruits, and insects and inhabit a wide range of environments. Most flowerpeckers build pendent globular nests of closely matted vegetable fibre, placed in shrubs and saplings. Many of these birds have symbiotic relationships with certain plants (mainly mistletoes) upon which they feed. There are about 55 species of flowerpeckers spread in southern Asia and Australasia. In Bangladesh there are seven species of which one is migratory.

These are Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Plain Flowerpecker (Plain-coloured Flowerpecker), Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Pale-billed Flowerpecker (Tickell's Flowerpecker), Orange-bellied Flowerpecker and Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker (migratory). [Md Anwarul Islam]