Great Slaty Woodpecker

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Scientific Name: Mulleripicus pulverulentus

Malay Name: Belatuk-Kelabu Besar

Chinese Name: 大灰啄木鸟

Range: Found from northern Indian subcontinent to south western China, Indochina, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Palawan and the Greater Sundas

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: mohun, harterti, pulverulentus.

Local Subspecies: pulverulentus

Size: 45-51 cm

Identification: 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 visitor

Conservation Status: Vulnerable (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). Mulleripicus pulverulentus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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.

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