Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-buff Woodpecker (Meiglyptes jugularis)


French: Pic à jugulaire German: Dommelspecht Spanish: Pito blanquinegro

Picus (Meiglyptes) jugularis


, 1845,

Arakan and Tenasserim, Myanmar




SW, S & E Myanmar (including Tenasserim), Thailand (except C & S), and Indochina (except Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

c. 22 cm; 50–57 g. Small, short-tailed woodpecker. Male has short malar stripe of dark red feather tips, often appearing barred red and black, lores mainly buff, often... read more


Nasal “ki-yew”, and series as “tititi-wéek week week”.


Evergreen forest; often shows distinct preference for more open areas, such as edges and clearings... read more

Food and feeding

Ants, other insects. Feeds singly or in pairs; not noted in association with other species. Often hangs upside-down on small leafy twigs... read more


Mar–Jun. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in Khao Yai and Kaeng Krachan National Parks and Khao Nor Chuchi Reserve (Thailand), and in Nam Bai Cat... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Black-and-buff Woodpecker (Meiglyptes jugularis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 August 2017).