Buff-rumped Woodpecker

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.


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia