Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)

OTHER NAMES: Common Goldenback
Latin Etymology: Dinopium ("mighty appearance") javanense ("Javan")
Adult male Common Flameback (subspecies D. j. javanenseat Sungei Buloh, Singapore - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: Dinopium javanense javanense
Weight: 67-100g
Length: 28-32cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

While the picus family of woodpeckers are defined by their green backs, the dinopium woodpeckers have brilliant golden plumage on their back, that gives them their name.  The Common Flameback is probably the most widely distributed of the family, and one of the most common woodpeckers in the region.  This showy individual was seen in the Mangroves of Sungei Buloh, exploring a tree trunk.

Related Species:
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dinopium
SUBSPECIES: D. j. malabaricum, D. j. intermedium, D. j. javanense, D. j. exsul, D. j. raveni

 - Sighting Locations -
SINGAPORE - A locally common resident.
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: One at at Sungei Buloh

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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