Banded Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Chrysophlegma miniaceum
Malay Name: Belatuk-Hijau Merah
Chinese Name: 镶红绿啄木鸟

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Chrysophlegma miniaceum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.