Scientific Name: Dinopium javanense
Malay Name: Belatuk-Pinang Biasa
Chinese Name: 金背三趾啄木鸟
Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: malabaricum, intermedium, javanense, exsul, borneonense
Local Subspecies: javanense
Size: 28-30 cm
Identification: Male has mostly golden upperparts, crimson rump, reddish crown with pointed crest, blackish hindneck, eye-stripe and submoustachial stripe and scaled underparts that are dense at the breast and gradually grow more disparate towards the vent. Female resembles male but has white-streaked blackish crown. Juvenile has blacker breast with less scaling on lower belly.
Habitat: Forest edge, secondary growth, gardens, parks, mangroves and wooded areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on insects and their larvae. Often found in pairs.
Local Status: Common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Any patch of suitable habitat like Singapore Botanic Gardens, Sungei Buloh, Bidadari, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris Park, Pulau Ubin, etc.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore