Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Maroon Woodpecker (Blythipicus rubiginosus)


Taxonomy

French: Pic porphyroïde German: Maronenspecht Spanish: Pito herrumbroso
Taxonomy:

Hemicircus rubiginosus

Swainson

, 1837,

western Africa; error = Malacca, Peninsular Malaysia

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Birds from Sumatra and Borneo described as race parvus, on average slightly smaller than N ones, but overlap considerable, and minor variations in plumage considered insufficient to warrant racial separation. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and SW Thailand S to Sumatra and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 64–92 g. Male has dull olive-brown head, paler feather tips on forehead, crimson tips on side of nape, often also of hindcrown and occasionally in malar region;... read more

Voice

Metallic “pit”, “pyick” or “kyuk” notes; sometimes double “kik kik” or “chikick”, second syllable... read more

Habitat

Understorey of primary and secondary evergreen forest, second growth, bamboo, and rubber... read more

Food and feeding

Beetle larvae and other insect larvae form bulk of diet. Feeds singly or in pairs. Forages in very low strata, usually below 6 m, moving... read more

Breeding

Dec–May in Malaysia, and nests found in Jan in uplands of Borneo; season probably extends to Aug. Crest-raising and wing-flicking are... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in Thailand, common in Peninsular Malaysia, and common in Sumatra and Borneo. Occurs in several protected areas, including Khao Nor Chuchi... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Maroon Woodpecker (Blythipicus rubiginosus). 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/56326 on 19 August 2017).