Laced Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Picus vittatus

Malay Name: Belatuk-Hijau Bakau

Chinese Name: 花腹绿啄木鸟

Range: Found from southern China to Mainland Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Java and Bali

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 27-33 cm

Identification: Male has olive-green upperparts, red crown to nape, black submoustachial stripe with fine whitish streaks, grey ear-coverts and faintly scaled belly to vent. Female resembles male but has black crown to nape. Juvenile is duller with more scaled appearance on belly.

Habitat: Forest edge, secondary growth, wooded area, mangroves, parks and gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually solitary or in pairs.

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bidadari, Kranji Marsh, Sungei Buloh, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Chinese Garden, Jurong Eco Garden, Pasir Ris Park, Kent Ridge Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Hindhede Park, Choa Chu Kang Park and any suitable patch of habitat.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Picus vittatus. 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.

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