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Great Slaty Woodpecker - BirdForum Opus

Mulleripicus pulverulentus


About 50 cm (19¾ in) Large size should be noticable.

  • Long bill, neck and tail


  • Pale red cheek patch
  • Cream throat


Asia, China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia:
Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java and Bali

Widespread in the Oriental mainland and islands.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • M. p. harterti:
  • M. p. pulverulentus:


Moist deciduous and tropical evergreen forests and nearby secondary forests.



Their diet consists mostly of insects (ants, termites, beetle larva and bees). Possibly fruit is eaten too.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)

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