White-bellied Woodpecker

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Scientific Name: Dryocopus javensis

Malay Name: Belatuk-Hitam Perut Putih

Chinese Name: 白腹黑啄木鸟

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

Taxonomy: 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

Identification: 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: Former resident and very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


BirdLife International. (2016). Dryocopus javensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22681376A92903645.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

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

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