Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)


Andaman Woodpecker (Dryocopus hodgei)


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

Mulleripicus Hodgei


, 1860,

Andaman Islands


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.


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


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


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


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



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Andaman Islands EBA. Although still common in evergreen forest where large trees remain, recent rapid expansion of human... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). 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 on 9 April 2020).