Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Buff-rumped Woodpecker (Meiglyptes grammithorax)


Taxonomy

French: Pic à croupion fauve German: Wellenspecht Spanish: Pito barrado
Taxonomy:

Phaiopicus grammithorax

Malherbe

, 1862,

Malay Peninsula and Sunda Islands

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. tristis, but differs in its black-and-buff-barred vs all-black breast to abdomen (3); rusty-buff vs stony-white barring and spotting on all areas of plumage, with buff vs white rump (2); dense barring giving way to plain buffy lores and eyering rather than continuing around eyes (2); and in male slightly less bright red moustachial stripe (ns[1]). Named races micropterus (Borneo) and microterus (Nias I) considered synonyms of grammithorax. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and peninsular Thailand S to Sumatra, including islands of Nias and Bangka, N Natunas, and Borneo (including Banggi I and islands off NE coast).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 31–50 g. Distinctive small, short-tailed, crested woodpecker. Male has short reddish malar patch; rest of head, crest and neck to upper breast greyish-brown with... read more

Voice

Single “pit” or “chit”, also as double click or in loose series, from mildly excited birds or in... read more

Habitat

Primary forest and secondary forest, including swamp-forests; found in rather open coastal habitats... read more

Food and feeding

Ants, also other insects. Often in pairs, members of which keep more or less in close contact; may join mixed-species flocks. Forages in... read more

Breeding

Season not well known, at least Mar–Jul. Both sexes display with head-swinging. Nest-hole excavated by both sexes, can be low, below 2 m,... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to fairly common in most of range; extinct in Singapore. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Khao Nor Chuchi Reserve (... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Buff-rumped Woodpecker (Meiglyptes grammithorax). 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/467465 on 17 December 2017).