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Grey-capped pygmy woodpecker

Thai: นกหัวขวานด่างแคระ, nok hua khwaan daang khrae

Binomial name: Yungipicus canicapillus, Edward Blyth, 1845

The grey-capped pygmy woodpecker (Yungipicus canicapillus) is an Asian bird species of the woodpecker family (Picidae). It has a subspecies, Yungipicus canicapillus doerriesi, located primarily in Manchuria, eastern Siberia, and Korea. Some taxonomic authorities continue to place this species in the genus Dendrocopos or Picoides.

This is a small, dark woodpecker with dark irides. Barred black and white above, it usually has unbarred central tail feathers. Its dark buff underside has prominent dark streaking. The dark grey crown (with a red nape in males), strong black eyestripes, and thin dark malar stripes contrast with broad white supercilia and cheeks.

It occurs from Nepal to Myanmar and northern Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

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Scientific classification

Yungipicus canicapillus

Common names

  • Thai: นกหัวขวานด่างแคระ, nok hua khwaan daang khrae


  • Picoides canicapillus, Edward Blyth (1845)
  • Dendrocopos canicapillus, Edward Blyth (1845)
  • Dryobates semicoronatus

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Grey-capped pygmy woodpecker, Yungipicus canicapillus in Thailand

Range map of Yungipicus canicapillus 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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