Native Animals

Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus

Greater Flameback
LC
Least Concern
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
ver 3.1, 2016
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SSN 52403
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Taxonomy

The taxonomic status is pending for approval

Description

Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus, commonly known as the greater flameback is a woodpecker species belonging to the family Picidae. It occurs widely in the Indian subcontinent, eastwards to southern China, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, western and central Java and northeast Borneo.

The greater flameback has plain golden-yellow to dark brown back and wings with a very broad black band running across its eyes down through the sides of its neck. Its throat is predominantly white with thin black stripes. Its rump is red and it has a black tail while its underparts are white with dark markings. Its straight pointed bill is longer than its head. The adult male greater flameback always has a red crown while the adult female has a crown colour varying between subspecies, such as black spotted with white, yellow, or brown with lighter dots. The young birds are like the female, but duller, with brown irises.

Like other woodpeckers, the greater flameback uses its bill to dig out food from trees. The long tongue can be darted forward to extract wood-boring arthropod prey. While mainly feeding on small invertebrates, the greater flamebacks will also drink nectar.

Assessment

Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2016 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
3.1
2014 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
3.1

Location

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  • Kedah 1
  • Perak 2
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Acknowledgements :- Mr. Ahmad Amir Firdaus Bin Mad Apandi, Ms. Ainul Aqilah Binti Mohd Nasir, Ms. Ajla Rafidah Baharom, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Mr. Badrul Amin Bin Jaffar, Ms. Fatin Qurratul 'ain Binti Saberam, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

Photo credit :- Koay Zhong Ying & Rosli Omar

Species Citation :- Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via https://www.mybis.gov.my/sp/52403. [Retrieved 11 August 2022].

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