French: Pic à ventre fauve German: Braunkehlspecht Spanish: Pico ventrirrufo
Subspecies and Distribution
D. h. marshalli
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1912) – Himalayan foothills in NE Pakistan, Kashmir and N India.
D. h. hyperythrus
(Vigors, 1831) – N India (Uttarakhand) and Nepal E to C & S China (SE Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan), and S to Bangladesh, C Myanmar and NW Thailand.
D. h. annamensis
(Kloss, 1925) – E Thailand, Cambodia, S Laos and S Vietnam#R.
D. h. subrufinus
(Cabanis & Heine, 1863) – NE China (Heilongjiang) and Ussuriland, possibly also N Korea; winters S China and N Vietnam.
20–25 cm; 40–53 g (hyperythrus, annamensis), 53–74 g (marshalli, subrufinus). Male has bright red forehead to... read more
Call “chit-chit-chit-r-r-r-r-h”; fast “ptíkitititititit” in alarm.... read more
Broadleaved forest and mixed and coniferous forest. In Pakistan, prefers deciduous forest with... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, and vegetable matter. Ants can constitute more than 60% of diet; beetles (Carabidae), Orthoptera, Lepidoptera and caterpillars,... read more
Apr–May in Bhutan, Nepal and India; Mar–May in SE Asia. Nest a typical woodpecker hole excavated at 1–6 m in trunk of... read more
NE populations (subrufinus) migratory, passing through C China in May and again in Aug... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rather uncommon to scarce in most of range. Possibly locally more common in N India and Nepal, common in Bhutan; no recent records... read more
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