Rufous Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Micropternus brachyurus
Malay Name: Belatuk Biji Nangka
Chinese Name: 栗啄木鸟

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

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

Local Subspecies: badius

Size: 25 cm

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: Uncommon 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.