Rufous Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Micropternus brachyurus

Malay Name: Belatuk Biji Nangka

Chinese Name: 栗啄木鸟

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China, Mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater Sunda Islands

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: jerdonii, humei, phaioceps, annamensis, fokiensis, holroydi, williamsoni, badius, brachyurus, badiosus.

Local Subspecies: badius

Size: 25 cm

Identification: Male has rich rufous overall plumage with blackish bars on upperside and belly, speckled throat and small red cheek-patch. Female resembles male but lacks the red cheek-patch.

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, wooded areas, parks and gardens.


Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bidadari, Lorong Halus, Tampines Eco Green, Pulau Ubin, Jurong Eco Garden and any patch of suitable habitat.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Micropternus brachyurus. 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.

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