Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Dark-bodied Woodpecker (Picoides funebris)


French: Pic funèbre German: Trauer-Dreizehenspecht Spanish: Pico fúnebre

Picoides funebris

J. P. Verreaux

, 1870,

mountains of Tibet


Hitherto has been considered conspecific with P. tridactylus, but differs in its all-blackish underparts, with white flecking, from breast to vent (plus black feet, blackish lower mandible and greatly reduced white barring on tail) vs white chin to mid-belly with bold blackish streaks on breast sides and flank-bars (plus greyish feet, pale horn lower mandible and boldly white-barred tail) (4); chin and throat plus pale lines on face tawny-whitish vs white (1); all-black crown (apart from frons) vs dense white streaking on female (2). Monotypic.

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C China from E Qinghai and W Gansu to W Sichuan and N Yunnan#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 22 cm. Male has black head with some whitish flecking on forehead, yellow on forecrown and central crown, white postocular stripe extending back to side of nape, broad... read more


Little information available. Short “kip” call and repeated “kree”. Presumably, both sexes drum.


Coniferous forests, especially those dominated by spruces (e.g. Picea asperata, Picea... read more

Food and feeding

Very few data. Feeds mainly on bark beetles and wood-boring beetle larvae found in subsurface of dead and dying trees; also takes sap. In... read more


No information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very poorly known taxon. Said to be locally common in China, but very limited information available. No evidence of any declines or... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Dark-bodied Woodpecker (Picoides funebris). 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 14 December 2019).