White-bellied Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Dryocopus javensis
Malay Name: Belatuk-Hitam Perut Putih
Chinese Name: 白腹黑啄木鸟

Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China, South Korea and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: hodgsonii, richardsi, forresti, feddeni, javensis, parvus, hargitti, esthloterus, confusus, pectoralis, multilunatus, suluensis, philippinensis, cebuensis †, mindorensis.

Local Subspecies: javensis

Size: 37.5-43 cm

Male has black overall plumage with white belly and red crown, crest and submoustachial band. Female resembles male but has black crown and lacks the red submoustachial band. Juvenile has duller plumage and paler throat than adult.

Habitat: Forests.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the canopy and middle storey solitarily or in pairs.

Local Status: Visitor. Former resident, now extirpated.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Past sightings were confined to the Central Catchment Forest with strays recorded at Mount Pleasant Road, Jalan Mashnor, Gymkhana Avenue and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Dryocopus javensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.