French: Pic grenadin German: Rotflügelspecht Spanish: Pito alirrojo
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. observandus
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1896) – S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and peninsular Thailand S to Sumatra (including Bangka) and Borneo.
P. p. soligae
Meyer de Schauensee & Ripley, 1940 – Nias I (off NW Sumatra).
P. p. puniceus
Horsfield, 1821 – Java.
c. 25 cm; 66–96 g. Male has dark red forehead to hindcrown, often dark olive feather bases showing through, elongated crest of red feathers, yellow under crest and down... read more
Distinctive “peé-bee”, second syllable a little lower and shorter, sometimes... read more
Evergreen primary and secondary forest with scattered tall trees, forest edge, secondary growth,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly ants and termites (Isoptera), including their eggs and grubs. Forages singly, but mainly in pairs, partners keeping contact at... read more
Feb–May; Jun in Borneo, and Sept in C Java. Conspicuous crest-raising display, with upward bill-pointing. Nest-hole is high up, to 18... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common throughout range; one of the most frequently encountered woodpeckers in Malaysian rainforest; extinct in Singapore. Occurs in... read more
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