Yellow-crowned woodpecker

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Yellow-crowned woodpecker
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Male at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Leiopicus
Bonaparte, 1854
Species: L. mahrattensis
Binomial name
Leiopicus mahrattensis
(Latham, 1801)
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Dendrocopos mahrattensis

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) or Mahratta woodpecker is a species of small pied woodpecker found in the Indian subcontinent.


The Yellow-crowned woodpecker was originally described by the English ornithologist John Latham in 1801 under the binomial name Picus mahrattensis.[2] The taxonomic committee of the British Ornithologists' Union have recommended that the genera Leiopicus and Dendrocoptes and are combined into a larger Dendropicos.[3] Some taxonomists place this species in the genus Dendrocopos.


Medium-sized, pale-headed, pied woodpecker. Upperparts black, heavily spotted and barred white. Underparts dark, streaked dingywithe with red belly patch. Irregular brown cheek and neck patches. Female has yellowish crown and nape. In male nape scarlet and fore-crown yellow.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Leiopicus mahrattensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22681092A92892393. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22681092A92892393.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Latham, John (1801). Supplementum indicis ornithologici sive systematis ornithologiae (in Latin). London: Leigh & Sotheby. p. xxxi. 
  3. ^ Sangster, G.; et al. (2016). "Taxonomic recommendations for Western Palearctic birds: 11th report". Ibis. 158 (1): 206–212. doi:10.1111/ibi.12322.  open access publication – free to read