Crimson-winged Woodpecker

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Picus puniceus

Malay Name: Belatuk-Hijau Paruh Kuning

Chinese Name: 红翅绿啄木鸟

Range: Breeding Range: (OR) Malay Pen. and Greater Sundas.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: observandus, soligae, puniceus.

Local Subspecies: observandus

Size: 25 cm

Identification: Large olive-green woodpecker with red wings, red crown with yellow crest, yellowish rump, white barring on flanks, blue orbital skin, largely yellow bill, and black tail. 

Habitat: Primary and mature secondary forest with closed canopy. 

Behaviour/Ecology: Elsewhere seen singly or in pairs, often associating with mixed flocks. 

Local Status: Very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (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). Picus puniceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Eaton, J. A., van Balen, S., Brickle, N. W., & Rheindt, F. E. (2021). Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea (Second Edition). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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