French: Pic à tête noire German: Rotbürzelspecht Spanish: Pito cabecinegro
Races intergrade. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. e. nigrigenis
(A. O. Hume, 1874) – C & E Myanmar (S to N Tenasserim) and NW & W Thailand.
P. e. erythropygius
(Elliot, 1865) – NE Thailand and Indochina.
33 cm; 100–135 g. Male has black forehead, lores and cheeks to nape, red patch in centre of crown and sometimes down to eye; a few (both sexes and both races) have a... read more
Distinctive undulating yelping laugh “ka-tek-a-tek-a-tek-a-tek” or “cha-cha-cha, cha-cha-cha”,... read more
Deciduous forest, especially dry dipterocarp, also pine (Pinus) forest. Recorded up to... read more
Food and feeding
Termites (Isoptera), also ants and other invertebrates. Usually in small, noisy groups of 2–6 birds, often associated with jays or... read more
Feb–Jun. Nest-hole in tree; clutch 3–4 eggs. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally scarce to uncommon; locally more common. Occurs in Doi Inthanon National Park (Thailand).
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