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Photo by jweeyh
Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore, January 2006
Chrysophlegma miniaceus

Picus miniaceus


Red crest with yellow tip, red wings, dull greenish mantle with pale wavy barrings together with chestnut underparts marked with whitish barrings diagnostic.
Male: Red sides of head
Female: Sides of head brownish with white spots.


South-east Asia: found in Tenasserim (Myanmar), Malay Peninsula, Java, Sumatra, and Borneo.


The scientific name is sometimes spelled as mineaceus instead miniaceus. This species has in the past been placed in the genus Picus.

Photo by kampang
Singapore, February 2007


There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. m. perlutus:
  • C. m. malaccensis:
  • C. m. niasensis:
  • Nias Island (off north-western Sumatra)
  • C. m. miniaceus:


Forests and forests edges, mangroves, coastal scrub, plantations.


Usually frequents the middle and lower storeys in pairs or small groups. Forages largely among vines and rotting wood.


Short strident pi-eew on a falling tone.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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