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)
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