Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Darjeeling Woodpecker (Dendrocopos darjellensis)


Taxonomy

French: Pic de Darjiling German: Darjeelingspecht Spanish: Pico de Darjeeling
Other common names: Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker
Taxonomy:

Picus (Dendrocopus) [sic] darjellensis

Blyth

, 1845,

Darjeeling and Nepal

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Probably a member of the D. major species-group (see below); suspected close affiliation with Dryobates cathpharius now shown to be unfounded#R. Position in genus requires clarification. NE populations on average slightly smaller; birds from S China thus described as race desmursi, but variation is clinal in nature. Monotypic.

Distribution:

WC Nepal and S & SE Tibet E to hills of NE India, N & W Myanmar, SC China (S Sichuan, W Yunnan) and N Vietnam (NW Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm; 61–87 g. Male has whitish lower forehead, black upper forehead and crown, narrow red nape patch, black hindneck; white lores, white sides of head tinged buff... read more

Voice

Single “tsik” calls, as fast series in alarm; also trill-like rattle. Drums frequently... read more

Habitat

High-elevation forest, cloudforest with moss-covered trees, open woodland; also evergreen and... read more

Food and feeding

Larvae of wood-boring insects; also adults, larvae and pupae of other insects. Usually forages singly or in pairs, which keep loose contact... read more

Breeding

Apr–May in W of range, sometimes to Jun; first nestlings in May. Moderate crest-raising is only visual display so far described. Nest... read more

Movements

Not well known; some altitudinal movements in Tibet and China, but some may remain at high... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in Nepal, locally fairly common in India, common in Bhutan; uncommon in Tibet and China; uncommon in Myanmar and Tonkin. Rather poorly... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2018). Darjeeling Woodpecker (Dendrocopos darjellensis). 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/56222 on 17 January 2018).