Scientific Name: Mulleripicus pulverulentus
Malay Name: Belatuk-Kelabu Besar
Chinese Name: 大灰啄木鸟
Found from northern Indian subcontinent to south western China, Indochina, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Palawan and the Greater Sundas
Polytypic. Subspecies are: mohun, harterti, pulverulentus.
Local Subspecies: pulverulentus
Size: 45-51 cm
Unmistakable from its large size, longish neck, dark slaty-grey overall plumage with whitish spots on nape and neck, yellowish-white bill and golden-buff throat. Male has red submoustachial stripe.
Habitat: Broadleaved forest and mangroves.
Behaviour/Ecology: Usually frequents the canopy in small parties. Very noisy and conspicuous.
Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2016)
- Extinction – what it means for birds in Singapore (Science)
- Bird List Revision for June 2018 (Revisions)
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
- Messages from the Cinereous and Streaked Bulbuls (Science)
Past accepted records in our database:
Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):
BirdLife International. (2016). Mulleripicus pulverulentus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.