Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Streak-breasted Woodpecker (Picus viridanus)


French: Pic verdâtre German: Burmagrünspecht Spanish: Pito verdoso

Picus viridanus


, 1843,

Arakan, Myanmar


Closest relatives appear to be P. rabieri, P. xanthopygaeus and P. vittatus#R. Often considered conspecific with last of those, but appears to be separated by habitat, although some possible overlap in this respect; further study needed. Birds from Malay Peninsula described as race weberi, being slightly smaller and darker, but differences insignificant and probably due to clinal variation. Monotypic.


SW Bangladesh, SW & SE Myanmar and SW Thailand S to extreme NW Peninsular Malaysia#R#R.

Descriptive notes

30–33 cm; c. 90–120 g. Male has red forehead to nape and slight crest, black base of forehead, upper lores and narrow line bordering crown; thin white supercilium... read more


Explosive “kirrr”; “tcheu-tcheu-tcheu-tcheu” series.


Broadleaved evergreen forest, mangroves, coastal scrub. Lowlands.

Food and feeding

Ants. Commonly forages on the ground; also on moss-covered trees and boulders.


Feb–Apr. Nest-hole excavated in tree. Clutch 4 eggs. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon, locally fairly common; possibly overlooked. Occurs in Kaeng Krachan National Park and Khao Nor Chuchi Reserve(Thailand). Has a very small... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Streak-breasted Woodpecker (Picus viridanus). 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).