Alternative name: Indian Pygmy Woodpecker
- Yungipicus nanus
Picoides nanus; 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
Three subspecies recognized:
- Y. n. nanus in northern and central India
- Y. n. cinereigula in southern India
- Y. n. gymnopthalmos in Sri Lanka
It was formerly considered conspecific with Sunda Woodpecker.
Paddy fields, mangroves, coastal scrub, plantations, parks and gardens, open woodland.
Their diet consists of small invertebrates and their larvae, particularly ants, termites and beetles. They also eat some fruit.
The pair both excavate a hole about 15-30cm long in a dead tree.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BF Member observations
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2019)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Brown-capped Woodpecker. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Brown-capped_Woodpecker