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.
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 19 December 2021
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.