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
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: Very rare non breeding visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Deemed to have been extirpated from Singapore until one individual was photographed at Jelutong Tower in August 2013, followed by a female at Bidadari in March 2015 and again at Pulau Ubin where a male was photographed in August 2018 and May 2019.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia