Species of Thailand
Thai: นกหัวขวานเขียวหัวดำ, nok hua khwaan khiew hua dam
Binomial name: Picus guerini, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, 1788
The grey-headed woodpecker (Picus canus), also known as the grey-faced woodpecker, is a Eurasian member of the woodpecker family Piciformes.
It is 25–28 cm long and weighs 130-180 grams. Its plumage closely resembles its near relative the European green woodpecker. It has green upperparts, pale grey underparts and a yellow rump. It has a grey head with black moustache, and the male has a red crown. It has a shorter neck, slimmer bill and slightly rounder head than the green woodpecker.
Grey-headed woodpeckers live in leaf forests and mixed forests. They breed in May and lay five to ten eggs which are brought up by both parents. The young hatch after 15–17 days, and learn to fly in four weeks.
In summer, the grey-headed woodpecker eats maggots, beetle larvae and other insects. In winter it takes seeds, and can even come to garden feeding places, especially if fat is offered.
The Sibley-Monroe checklist has two birds called "grey-headed woodpecker", Picus canus and Dendropicos spodocephalus (syn.Mesopicos goertae). For the latter, see grey woodpecker.
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- Picus guerini
- Thai: นกหัวขวานเขียวหัวดำ, nok hua khwaan khiew hua dam
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
- Chaloem Phrakiat Thai Prachan National Park
- Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
- Doi Inthanon National Park
- Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
- Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kaeng Krachan National Park
- Khao Yai National Park
- Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
- Lan Sang National Park
- Mae Ngao National Park
- Mae Ping National Park
- Mae Sot District, Tak
- Mae Wong National Park
- Nam Nao National Park
- Pachee River Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pha Daeng National Park
- Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phu Kradueng National Park
- Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phu Soi Dao National Park
- Phu Toei National Park
- Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
- Sai Yok National Park
- Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
- Thap Lan National Park
- Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Picus guerini 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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