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Male differ from female mainly in having red malar stripe.
 Similar species
Adult Kaempfer's Woodpecker differs in being smaller, lack black barring on flanks and less strongly barred on nape, and have reduced black on breast. Juvenile of this form lacks black barring on back and has head except crest blackish connecting down to black on breast (expected in August to October, with an immature observed in January).
It was formerly considered conspecific with Kaempfer's Woodpecker.
Two subspecies recognized:
Tropical humid forests and woodland. It is often associated with bamboo.
Breeding starts in June-July
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