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Revision as of 20:04, 23 April 2019 by Jmorlan (talk | contribs) (Genus updated to Yungipicus)
Photo by kampang
Singapore, 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, February 2007


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


Placed in genus Yungipicus by Gill and Donsker.


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, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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