This species, along with P. kizuki, P. maculatus, P. ramsayi, P. canicapillus, P. nanus and P. moluccensis, was previously placed in Dendrocopos, but molecular studies indicate that they all form a separate clade of very small species, evidently sister to the P. tridactylus clade#R#R; all seven have been combined in Yungipicus by some authors. Populations in S and uplands tend to be somewhat larger than those in N and lowlands, but no grounds for racial subdivision. Monotypic.
Sulawesi, including Togian Is and Butung.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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