Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Himalayan Flameback (Dinopium shorii)


French: Pic de Shore German: Himalaja-Feuerrückenspecht Spanish: Pito de Shore

Picus Shorii


, 1831,



Closely related to D. javanense. Races weakly differentiated. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. s. shorii (Vigors, 1831) – N India (Haryana) E through lowlands and S foothills of Himalayas to Bhutan and Nagaland; possibly still in peninsular hills (Eastern Ghats)#R.
  • D. s. anguste Ripley, 1950 – W Myanmar.
  • Descriptive notes

    30–32 cm; 101 g. Male has yellowish-red forehead, redder on crown and crest, narrowly bordered black; broad black and white bands on side of head and neck, pale reddish... read more


    Rapid tinny “klak-klak-klak-klak-klak”, slower and not so loud as that of ... read more


    Mature deciduous and semi-evergreen forest; in deciduous forest in Nepal, preferring primary... read more

    Food and feeding

    Poorly known. No details of diet. Associates with mixed-species flocks; also with Chrysocolaptes lucidus where the two occur... read more


    Mar–May; nest-hole excavated in tree; clutch 2–3 eggs. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common locally; rare in Bangladesh; uncommon in Myanmar. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Corbett National Park (India) and Chitwan... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Himalayan Flameback (Dinopium shorii). 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 18 January 2020).