Otherwise known as the Cebu Flowerpecker. Endemic to Cebu Island in the Philippines. After massive deforestation it was thought to be extinct, but in a late breaking development, this tiny 12 centimeter bird was rediscovered in a small patch of forest in the Central Cebu Protected Landscape, and then subsequently also in a few other scattered bits of forest. The current population is estimated to be between 85 and 105; it is officially classified as critically endangered.
The bird gets its nickname from the plumage of the male, who has a large, triangular, scarlet splash on his upper back. The lower back is greenish ocher. Back, neck, head and sides of neck, wings and tail are glossy blue-black. The underside is pale yellow. Chin,belly center, armpits, under tail-coverts, and under wing-coverts are white.
The Central Cebu Protected Landscape is home to several threatened species: a bird called the Black Shama, the Cebu Cinnamon tree(Cinnamomum cebuense), a rare new kind of orchid, a songbird called the Streak-breasted Bulbul, the Rufous-lored Kingfisher, and the Philippine Tube-nosed Fruit Bat among others. All of these species are threatened by habitat loss.