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Subspecies D. c. tenebrosus
Photo © by Sutkanung Ketnai
Doi Lang, Thailand, 14 February 2009

Alternate name: Scarlet-breasted Woodpecker

Dryobates cathpharius

Dendrocopos cathpharius



  • Streaked underparts
  • White wing-patch
  • Crimson breast patch

Male has red nape


Subspecies D. c. tenebrosus
Photo © by Sutkanung Ketnai
Doi Lang, Thailand, 14 February 2009

Asia: found from the Himalayas of Nepal to northwestern Indochina.


Sometimes merged into Picoides. Most closely related to D. darjellensis and probably more distantly to the D. macei superspecies.


Six subspecies recognized[1]:

  • D. c. cathpharius:
  • D. c. ludlowi:
  • D. c. pyrrhothorax:
  • Hills south of Brahmaputra River and adjacent northern Burma
  • D. c. tenebrosus:
  • D. c. pernyii:
  • Western China (north-western Yunnan, Sichuan and Xinjiang north to Gansu)
  • D. c. innixus:
  • East-central China (central Hubei)

An additional subspecies cruentipectus is generally considered invalid[2].


Hill evergreen forests above 1400m.



  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. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Wikipedia contributors. (2018, March 30). Crimson-breasted woodpecker. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:18, April 24, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crimson-breasted_woodpecker&oldid=833184816

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