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Photo by cskhaw
Kedah, Malaysia, January 2004
Picus puniceus


25 cm
Bright olive green upperparts and underparts contrasting with red wings together with red crown and yellow nuchal crest diagnostic. It has white streaks on the flanks.
Male has red malar stripes.


South-east Asia: found in Indochina, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java



Female with Juvenile
Photo by 996sps
Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Malaysia, April 2007

There are 3 subspecies.

  • P. p. observandus:
  • P. p. soligae:
  • Nias Island (off north-western Sumatra)
  • P. p. puniceus:

Some authors place this species in genus Chrysophlegma


Lowland forests, forests edges, coastal scrubs and plantations. Broadleaved evergreen jungle and secondary growth.
Frequents the middle and lower storeys.



"Drums" in short bursts.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member Observations
  4. Birdforum thread discussing the generic placement of this species (post 14-17)

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