Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Spot-throated Flameback (Dinopium everetti)


French: Pic d’Everett German: Philippinen-Feuerrückenspecht Spanish: Pito culirrojo de Filipinas

Tiga everetti


, 1878,

Puerto Princesa, Palawan


Until recently was considered conspecific with D. javanense, but differs in its virtually plain brown upper breast (2); greatly reduced white postocular supercilium (owing to broader black postocular eyestripe with red of crown extending more onto head side) (2); (in female) matt-black crown with red nape vs glossy black crown with bold white spotting (3); underparts mottled more than scaled (ns[1]); central throat and chin lightly peppered black vs white with black streaky mesial line (ns[1]); (in male) reddish stain vs none in black submoustachial area#R (ns[1]). Recent molecular analyses provided “some support” for this split#R. Monotypic.


W Philippines: Balabac, Palawan and Calamian Group.

Descriptive notes

28–30 cm; 85–98g. Male has red forehead and upper lores to crown and crest, crown narrowly edged black, thin white supercilium from above eye to nape side, broad black band... read more


Rattle call a fast “ka-di-di-di-di-di-di” or protracted harsh “churrrrrr”;... read more


Open forest and woodlands; also coconut plantations, indicating some tolerance of habitat modified... read more

Food and feeding

No specific data on diet; presumed to be similar to that of congeners, e.g. ants, beetle larvae, termites and the like. Forages at all... read more


Season Mar–Apr, at least. No other information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon. Although global population size not yet quantified, it is believed to be fewer than 10,000 mature... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Spot-throated Flameback (Dinopium everetti). 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 7 December 2019).