Male, nominate subspecies, images of same individual showing plumage detail
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Mangar Bani Forest, Faridabad-Gurgaon Road, Haryana, India
- Dendrocopos nanus
13 cm (5 in)
- Brown and white barring on upperparts
- Streaked white underparts
- Spotted white tail
- Pink-rimmed white irises
- Pale brown crown (edged with red in males)
- Pale brown eyestripe
- White supercilium and cheek
 Similar Species
A little smaller than a Red-vented Bulbul and bigger than a Purple-rumped Sunbird.
Female, nominate subspecies
Photo © by obasanmi
Kanha, India, March 2005
Found on the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka.
Three subspecies recognized:
- D.n. nanus in northern and central India
- D.n. cinereigula in southern India
- D.n. gymnopthalmos in Sri Lanka
It was formerly considered conspecific with Sunda Woodpecker.
Placed in genus Yungipicus by Gill and Donsker.
Paddy fields, mangroves, coastal scrub, plantations, parks and gardens, open woodland.
Both sexes excavate a hole about 15-30cm long in a dead tree.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BF Member observations
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