Picus (Dendrocopus) [sic] cathpharius
Previously placed in Dendrocopos or Picoides. Recent molecular analyses found this species (with D. pernyii) to be closest to D. minor, these also being close to D. pubescens#R. Hitherto considered conspecific with D. pernyii, but differs in red of crown extending broadly onto nape around rear ear-coverts (not restricted to hindcrown) and being lighter in shade (scarlet vs crimson; also on breast) (3); upper belly streaked black-and-buff vs all black (3); narrower black malar, especially distally (1); slightly smaller size (e.g. effect size for tail −1.58; score 1). Proposed race cruentipectus (from Lushai Hills, in Mizoram) included in pyrrhothorax. Three subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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