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Sunda Woodpecker - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by kampang
Singapore, 1 October 2006

Alternative name: Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker

Yungipicus moluccensis

Dendrocopos moluccensis


  • 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


Photo © by Karim Madoya
Papar, Sabah, Malaysia, 22 February 2007

Found on the Malay Peninsula (including Singapore) to Borneo, Sumatra, Java and the Lesser Sundas.



Two subspecies recognized:

It was formerly considered conspecific with 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.


  1. 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/
  2. Wikipedia contributors. (2018, March 29). Sunda pygmy woodpecker. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:59, April 24, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sunda_pygmy_woodpecker&oldid=832981674
  3. BF Member observations

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