Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Andaman Woodpecker (Dryocopus hodgei)


Taxonomy

French: Pic des Andaman German: Andamanenspecht Spanish: Picamaderos de Andamán
Taxonomy:

Mulleripicus Hodgei

Blyth

, 1860,

Andaman Islands

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Close to D. javensis, and sometimes treated as conspecific, but differs in its lack of white belly (3), slate-grey vs black plumage (2), and “highly distinct” vocalizations#R (assume 3). Treatment as a full species supported by recent genetic study#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andaman Is.

Descriptive notes

38 cm; 156–225 g. Male has crimson forehead, crown and crest and malar area; rest of head, and upperparts, including wings and tail, greyish-black to sooty-black;... read more

Voice

Loud chattering “kuk kuk kuk” terminating with whistled “kui”, also loud... read more

Habitat

Tall evergreen forest, often rather open. Lowlands.

Food and feeding

Ants. Lives in pairs; also occurs in loose family parties. Forages mainly on trunks of large trees or on main (dead) branches; descends to... read more

Breeding

Jan–Mar. Nest-hole built 6–14 m up in trunk of dead tree or in large branch; 2 eggs; no other details.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Andaman Islands EBA. Although still common in evergreen forest where large... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Andaman Woodpecker (Dryocopus hodgei). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56290 on 18 December 2017).