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30 - 33 cm (11Â¾-13 in)
Females are shorter-billed and have a black forehead and nape.
 Similar species
Paler throat, yellow breast, more prominent black malar stripe and less bronzy upperparts separate this species from Streak-breasted Woodpecker.
This is a monotypic species.
Found in deciduous forest, evergreen forest, secondary growth, bamboo and gardnes. Also in open coastal forest and scrub, including casuarinas and coconut plantations. Mainly in mangroves where ranges overlaps with Streak-breasted Woodpecker in western and southwestern Thailand. Occurs from sea-level up to 200 m in Greater Sundas, up to 1500 m in southeast Asia.
Feeds on beetles and flies.
Breeding season from February to July, breeding recorded in January, April and September in Java. The nest-hole is excavated at 0.5 to 9 m in a tree. Lays 3 to 4 eggs.
This is a resident species.
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