French: Picumne tacheté German: Tüpfelzwergspecht Spanish: Carpinterito moteado
Subspecies and Distribution
P. i. innominatus
E. Burton, 1836 – NE Afghanistan, N Pakistan and Kashmir E through N India and Nepal to SE Tibet and Assam.
P. i. malayorum
E. J. O. Hartert, 1912 – peninsular and NE India (except Assam) E to S China (S Yunnan), S to Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and N Borneo.
P. i. chinensis
(Hargitt, 1881) – C, E & SE China (S from Sichuan and S Jiangsu).
10 cm; 9–13·2 g. Male has rufous-orange to yellow forehead barred or spotted black, yellowish-white lores; broad black stripe from eye backwards, bordered by... read more
High “ti-ti-ti-ti-ti” by male as advertising or territorial call; frequently a high-pitched squeaky... read more
Deciduous and mixed deciduous forest, evergreen tropical montane forest, also open second growth,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of insects and their larvae, especially ants, but also geometrid caterpillars, weevils (Curculionidae) and longhorn beetles (... read more
Jan–May. Male displays by circling around mate and pursuing her around branch. Nest excavated by both sexes, at 1–5 m,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common throughout much of range; generally uncommon in peninsular India; uncommon in China. Has been considered local and very rare... read more
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