Buff-rumped Woodpecker

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Scientific Name: Meiglyptes tristis
Malay Name: Belatuk-Batu Biasa
Chinese Name: 黄腰斑啄木鸟

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

Polytypic. Subspecies are: grammithorax, tristis.

Local Subspecies: grammithorax

Size: 17 cm

A densely barred woodpecker with a slight nuchal crest and whitish-buff rump. Female has no red submoustachial.

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth and other suitable wooded area.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually forages at the canopy level and generally unobtrusive.

Local Status: Very rare non breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Endangered (BirdLife International 2016)

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Past accepted records in our database:

BirdLife International. (2016). Meiglyptes tristis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22727198A94943337.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.