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Greater yellownape

Thai: นกหัวขวานใหญ่หงอนเหลือง, nok haa khwaan yai ngon leuang

Binomial name: Chrysophlegma flavinucha, John Gould, 1834

The greater yellownape (Chrysophlegma flavinucha) is a species of bird in the Picidae family.

It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


Large, olive green woodpecker with prominent yellow-crested nape and throat. Dark olive green with grey underparts. Crown brownish and flight feathers chestnut barred with black. Bill often looks whitish.

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Scientific classification

Chrysophlegma flavinucha

Common names

  • Thai: นกหัวขวานใหญ่หงอนเหลือง, nok haa khwaan yai ngon leuang


  • Picus flavinucha

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Greater yellownape, Chrysophlegma flavinucha in Thailand

Range map of Chrysophlegma flavinucha 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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