Banded Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Chrysophlegma miniaceum

Malay Name: Belatuk-Hijau Merah

Chinese Name: 红翅绿背啄木鸟

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: perlutum, malaccense, niasense, miniaceum.

Local Subspecies: malaccense

Size: 25.5-27 cm

Identification: Male has mostly red upperparts with lightly scaled olive mantle, yellow nape, red-rufous ear-coverts, barred underparts and rufous wash on throat and breast. Female resembles male but has significantly less yellow on nape, duller face, and white-speckled ear-coverts. Juvenile has less red on face, duller mantle with less defined scales and fainter bars on underparts.

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, gardens and parks.


Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Kent Ridge Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens and any suitable patch of habitat.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Chrysophlegma miniaceum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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