Buff-rumped Woodpecker

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Scientific Name: Meiglyptes grammithorax

Malay Name: Belatuk-Batu Biasa

Chinese Name: 黄腰啄木鸟

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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Local Subspecies: grammithorax

Size: 17 cm

Identification: 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: Former resident and very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Endangered (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


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.

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