French: Pic canente German: Rundschwanzspecht Spanish: Pito de corazones
W & NE peninsular India, Bangladesh; and from SW, S & E Myanmar, and S Annam, S to S Thailand, Cambodia and S Vietnam (Cochinchina).
15–16 cm; 37–50 g. Very small, compact wodpecker with thin neck, large head with prominent crest, and strikingly short and rounded tail. Male has black head and... read more
Squeaky nasal “ki-yew” considered similar to voice of Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus... read more
Moist and dense deciduous and evergreen forests, at forest edge, in secondary forest, bamboo, and... read more
Food and feeding
Ants, termites (Isoptera), larvae, and other insects comprise bulk of diet. Usually singly or in pairs, or in mixed-species parties.... read more
Nov–Apr; eggs early Jul in Peninsular Malaysia. Displays with bowing or bobbing movements and associated vocalizations. Tiny nest-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Sparsely distributed in India, locally more frequent; no recent records from Bangladesh, last recorded in NE of country in May 1984 and in SE in Jan... read more
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