Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus)


Taxonomy

French: Pic médiastin German: Netzbauchspecht Spanish: Pito colinegro
Taxonomy:

Picus vittatus

Vieillot

, 1818,

Java

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Closest relatives appear to be P. rabieri, P. xanthopygaeus and P. viridanus#R. Often considered conspecific with last of those, but may be separated by habitat, although some possible overlap in this respect; further study needed. S & E populations tend to have more bronze tinge on upperparts, and rump colour tends more towards orange in E, but much individual variation, and racial separation considered unwarranted. Proposed races eisenhoferi (N Thailand), eurous (SE Thailand and Cambodia), connectens (Langkawi I, off NW Peninsular Malaysia) and limitans (Kangean Is) considered unacceptable. Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Myanmar E to extreme S China (S Yunnan) and S through most of Indochina to W & S Peninsular Malaysia, E Sumatra (including Lingga Archipelago), Java, Bali and Kangean Is.

Descriptive notes

30–33 cm; 94–132 g. Male has red forehead to crown and short crest, bordered by thin black line; narrow white eyering and short supercilium; pale greyish to... read more

Voice

Call “keep” or “kee-ip”; long series of “kew” notes as territorial call, very like P. canus... read more

Habitat

Deciduous forest, evergreen forest, secondary growth, bamboo, plantations, and village and suburban... read more

Food and feeding

Beetles and flies. Occurs singly or in pairs, partners keeping in close contact. Forages on ground, on fallen trees, as well as in bamboo... read more

Breeding

Feb–Jul; in Jan, Apr and Sept in Java. Crest-raising a common display; swinging movements also occur. Nest-hole excavated at 0... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; uncommon in Singapore; rare in Java. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Kaeng Krachan National Park (Thailand), Kuala Selangor... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus). 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 http://www.hbw.com/node/56309 on 25 May 2017).