Scientific Name: Chrysophlegma miniaceum
Malay Name: Belatuk-Hijau Merah
Chinese Name: 红翅绿背啄木鸟
Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo
Polytypic. Subspecies are: perlutum, malaccense, niasense, miniaceum.
Local Subspecies: malaccense
Size: 25.5-27 cm
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.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
BirdLife International. (2016). Chrysophlegma miniaceum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22681428A92906295.en. 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.