Scientific Name: Psilopogon haemacephalus
Malay Name: Takur Kerdil Biasa
Chinese Name: 赤胸拟啄木鸟
Found from the Indian subcontinent to Southern China and Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: indicus, delicus, roseus, haemacephalus, celestinoi, mindanensis, intermedius, cebuensis, homochroa
Local Subspecies: indicus
Size: 17 cm
Identification: Adult has stout blackish bill, reddish legs, bright green uppeparts, greenish-white underparts with green streaks, yellow face and throat with black eye-stripe, reddish forecrown and small red patch at upper breast. Juvenile looks duller and lacks the reddish parts of the adult.
Habitat: Gardens, parks, mangroves and suitable wooded areas but not forest.
Behaviour/Ecology: Its call sounds like a coppersmith hitting copper sheets.
Local Status: Common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bidadari, Jurong ECO Garden, Pasir Ris Park, Bishan Park and other suitable parks, gardens and wooded areas.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia