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ssp montanus
Photo by Martinuk
Mount Kitanglad, Bukidnon Province, Mindanao, Philippines, February 2012
Chrysocolaptes lucidus



Endemic to the Philippines (Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Biliran and Panaon, Mindanao and Samal)


Three subspecies recognized:

  • C. l. rufopunctatus in east-central Philippines
  • C. l. montanus on Mindanao (southern Philippines)
  • C. l. lucidus on Zamboanga Peninsula (western Mindanao) and Basilan

It was formerly included in Greater Flameback (the enlarged species called Chrysocolaptes lucidus)




Frequents the canopy and middle story. Usualy in small noisy groups up to ten, even at nest. Sometimes solitary.

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