north-eastern Borneo; error = Sulu Islands.
This species, along with P. temminckii, P. kizuki, P. maculatus, 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. Closely related to P. temminckii. Usually considered conspecific with P. maculatus, but was separated fairly recently#R on characters that can be scored against nearest-neighbour P. m. fulvifasciatus as follows: mid-brown vs brownish-black general coloration (2); lack of white spotting on wings and coverts (3); soft grey-and-buff streaks below, including broad mid-brown malar, with ill-defined yellow breastband vs black-spotted breast on yellowish-cream background, with narrow white-spotted black malar (3); full orange-red nape vs small red nape-side patches on male (ns). Proposed race siasiensis (Siasi I, in C Sulus) considered insufficiently distinct to warrant recognition. Monotypic.
Sulu Is (SW Philippines).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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