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Includes: Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker
Five subspecies recognized:
The species is sometimes split. The first two subspecies would form D. moluccensis (Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker), the three others D. nanus (Brown-capped Woodpecker).
Paddy fields, mangroves, coastal scrub, plantations, parks and gardens, open woodland.
Both sexes excavate a hole about 15-30cm long in a dead tree.
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