Crimson-winged Woodpecker

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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:

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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.