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Common flameback

Thai: นกหัวขวานสามนิ้วหลังทอง, nok hua khwaan saam niu lang thong

Binomial name: Dinopium javanense, Sven Ingemar Ljungh, 1797

The common flameback or common goldenback (Dinopium javanense) is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The spot-throated flameback is sometimes considered a subspecies.

Description and ecology

A medium-sized, golden-backed woodpecker with long and solid black moustachial stripes. Both sexes have black eyestripes joined to black rear neck stripe. Male has red, female black crown. Black-scaled white underparts and red rump contrasting with black tail. Rather small bill and only three toes. The greater flameback (Chrysocolaptes lucidus) looks quite similar.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

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Videos of Common flameback

  • Common flameback (male)

    Common flameback (male)

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Picidae
Genus
Dinopium
Species
Dinopium javanense

Common names

  • Thai: นกหัวขวานสามนิ้วหลังทอง, nok hua khwaan saam niu lang thong

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Common flameback (female) - Kaeng Krachan National Park

Common flameback (female) - Kaeng Krachan National Park

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Distribution map of Common flameback, Dinopium javanense in Thailand

Range map of Dinopium javanense in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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