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Flamebacks / goldenbacks
Common Flame-back Woodpecker.jpg
Common flameback
Dinopium javanense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Subfamily: Picinae

Dinopium Rafinesque, 1814
Chrysocolaptes Blyth, 1843

The flamebacks or goldenbacks are large woodpeckers which are resident breeders in tropical southern Asia. They derive their English names from their golden or crimson backs.

However, the two flameback genera Dinopium and Chrysocolaptes are not particularly close relatives. The former are close to the enigmatic Meiglyptes and possibly Hemicircus woodpeckers, and the recently reclassified rufous woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus). Chrysocolaptes on the other hand appears to be a rather close relative of Campephilus, the genus of the famous ivory-billed woodpecker (C. principalis).[1]

Tribe Malarpicini

Tribe Megapicini


  1. ^ Benz et al. (2006)