Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Red-collared Woodpecker (Picus rabieri)


French: Pic de Rabier German: Halsbandspecht Spanish: Pito vietnamita

Gecinus Rabieri


, 1898,



Closest relatives appear to be P. xanthopygaeus, P. vittatus and P. viridanus#R. Monotypic.


S China (extreme S Yunnan), Laos and Vietnam (W & E Tonkin, N & C Annam); single report from Cambodia.

Descriptive notes

c. 30 cm. Male has whitish line above eye, olive-grey lores and ear-coverts, pale greenish-buff chin and throat often streaked white, sometimes some red feather tips; rest of... read more


Only recently described: a single, abrupt “keck” note given at 1·5-second... read more


Broadleaved evergreen and semi-evergreen forest, also secondary growth with much bamboo; occurs... read more

Food and feeding

Ants probably form main bulk of diet. Occurs singly, in pairs, or in family parties; regularly accompanies mixed-species flocks, e.g. with... read more


May–Jun; recently fledged young observed in Jul in Laos. No other details known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Scarce to uncommon; locally more common in Laos, where no evidence for decline in numbers and is known from... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Red-collared Woodpecker (Picus rabieri). 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 25 February 2020).