Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Plain Flowerpecker (Dicaeum concolor) - HBW 13, p. 380

French: Dicée concolore German: Einfarb-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores Sencillo
Other common names: Plain-coloured Flowerpecker; Olivaceous Flowerpecker (“minullum group”); Nilgiri Flowerpecker (concolor); Andaman Flowerpecker (virescens)

Taxonomy: Dicaeum concolor Jerdon, 1840, Malabar Coast, India.
Nominate race and virescens sometimes treated as two distinct species, with remaining races (“minullum group”) as a third species, on basis of markedly distinct morphological and, apparently, vocal differences. Geographical variation, however, generally rather subtle; uchidai could perhaps be included in olivaceum. Other proposed races are subflavum (described from Karnataka, in SW India) and unicolor (Palni Hills, in S India), both treated as synonyms of nominate, and inornatum (Nepal) and sinense (foothills of Omei Shan, Si.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Dicaeum concolor Jerdon, 1840, Malabar Coast, India.
Nominate race and virescens sometimes treated as two distinct species, with remaining races (“minullum group”) as a third species, on basis of markedly distinct morphological and, apparently, vocal differences. Geographical variation, however, generally rather subtle; uchidai could perhaps be included in olivaceum. Other proposed races are subflavum (described from Karnataka, in SW India) and unicolor (Palni Hills, in S India), both treated as synonyms of nominate, and inornatum (Nepal) and sinense (foothills of Omei Shan, Sichuan, in S China), both subsumed within olivaceum. Seven subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • concolor Jerdon, 1840 - SW India (in Western Ghats).
  • olivaceum Walden, 1875 - Himalayan foothills from C Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, S to Assam, Nagaland and Manipur), E Bangladesh (Chittagongs), Myanmar, S China (Sichuan S to SE Xizang, Yunnan and Guangdong), Thailand and Indochina.
  • virescens Hume, 1873 - Andaman Is (Middle and South).

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  • concolor Jerdon, 1840 - SW India (in Western Ghats).
  • olivaceum Walden, 1875 - Himalayan foothills from C Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, S to Assam, Nagaland and Manipur), E Bangladesh (Chittagongs), Myanmar, S China (Sichuan S to SE Xizang, Yunnan and Guangdong), Thailand and Indochina.
  • virescens Hume, 1873 - Andaman Is (Middle and South).
  • borneanum Lönnberg, 1925 - Peninsula Malaysia (S from N Perlis and Penang), Sumatra, N Natuna Is and Borneo.
  • minullum Swinhoe, 1870 - Hainan I.
  • uchidai Nagamichi Kuroda, 1920 - Taiwan.
  • sollicitans E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 - Java (including Madura) and Bali.