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Note red nape mark
Photo © by dixonlau
Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, 25 April 2023

Alternative name: Grey-capped Woodpecker

Yungipicus canicapillus

Dendrocopus canicapillus


Photo © by Karim Madoya
Kota Kinabalu Malaysia, 31 March 2005

Asia, Russia
14–16 cm

  • Grey crown and forehead
  • Black edges to crown


Russia: Siberia
Asia: China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Korea, Taiwan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Indonesia, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra



There are 11 subspecies[1]:

  • Y. c. doerriesi:
  • Y. c. scintilliceps:
  • Eastern and central China (Liaoning to Sichuan and Zhejiang)
  • Y. c. kaleensis:
  • Y. c. swinhoei:
  • Hainan Island (southern China)
  • Y. c. semicoronatus:
  • Extreme eastern Nepal to western Assam
  • Y. c. mitchellii:
  • Y. c. canicapillus:
  • Y. c. delacouri:
  • Y. c. auritus:
  • Y. c. volzi:
  • Sumatra, Riau Archipelago and Nias Island
  • Y. c. aurantiiventris:


Dry dipterocarp forest, mangroves, riparian woodland, lightly wooded areas and groves. Parks and gardens.



Their diet consists of caterpillars, small beetles, grubs and ants. They also eat fruit and grass seeds.


Call: Tiirr..Tiirr , continously and repetitively..


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  4. BF Member observations

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