Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Yungipicus moluccensis
Malay Name: Belatuk-Belacan Kecil Biasa
Chinese Name: 巽他啄木鸟

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Borneo, Greater and Lesser Sundas

Polytypic. Subspecies are: moluccensis, grandis.

Local Subspecies: moluccensis

Size: 12.5-13 cm

Male has brownish crown and ear-covers, well defined submoustachial stripe, red streak on side of hindcrown, white-barred brownish upperside and dark streaked underparts. Female resembles male but lacks the red streak. Juvenile is duller overall and has less distinct streaks.

Habitat: Parks, gardens, mangroves and coastal areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually found singly or in pairs, unobtrusive and drums softly.

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any patch of suitable habitat.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2016). Picoides moluccensis. 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.