Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Piculet (Sasia ochracea)


French: Picumne à sourcils blancs German: Rötelmausspecht Spanish: Carpinterito cejiblanco

Sasia ochracea


, 1837,



Recent molecular analyses#R revealed that this species consists of at least five lineages (India and Nepal; Myanmar and India; S Annam and Cochinchina; rest of Indochina; and probably Tenasserim, in S Myanmar); further investigation strongly recommended. Delimitation of races listed below therefore provisional. Race hasbroucki, described from S Myanmar and S Thailand, is regarded as synonymous with reichenowi. Birds from S Assam, Bangladesh and SW Myanmar sometimes separated as race querulivox on basis of paler coloration, but this matched by individuals from SE Asia. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. o. ochracea Hodgson, 1837 – N India (N Uttar Pradesh), C Nepal and E Bangladesh E to N & C Thailand and Vietnam.
  • S. o. kinneari Stresemann, 1929 – extreme N Vietnam (Tonkin) and adjacent S China (Yunnan, Guangxi).
  • S. o. reichenowi Hesse, 1911 – S Myanmar (Tenasserim) and SW Thailand S to Krabi.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10 cm; 8·3–11·8 g. Male has rufous to orange-rufous forehead and forecrown, with bright golden-yellow patch in centre of forehead; rest of crown... read more


    Short sharp “chi” or “tsick”; fast high-pitched trill starting with call, “chi-rrrrrrrra” or “ti-i-... read more


    Dense low vegetation in broadleaved evergreen and mixed deciduous forest, also dense second growth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Ants and their brood, small bark beetles (Scolytidae), spiders. Occurs singly, in pairs or in small groups of 4 or 5; joins mixed-species... read more


    Mar–Jun in Indian Subcontinent, Apr–Jul in SE Asia. Courting male hops around crouched female, repeatedly flying above her and... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in SE Asia, but rare in Malay Peninsula and rare in China; uncommon in Nepal, generally uncommon in India but locally fairly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). White-browed Piculet (Sasia ochracea). 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 20 February 2020).