Olive-backed woodpecker

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Olive-backed woodpecker
Picidae - Dinopium rafflesii.JPG
Dinopium rafflesii from Malaysia. Stuffed specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dinopium
Species: D. rafflesii
Binomial name
Dinopium rafflesii
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1830)

The olive-backed woodpecker (Dinopium rafflesii) is a species of bird in the family Picidae native to Southeast Asia.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The olive-backed woodpecker has a wide range in Southeast Asia, occurring in Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia (on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra). Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland, mangrove and montane forests; the species avoids clearings and secondary forest.[2]


Dinopium rafflesii is threatened by illegal deforestation due to the development of palm oil plantations and the deliberate targeting of primary forest wood. These practices of deforestation even continue in protected areas. The total population of this bird is unknown but it is thought to be uncommon. It is currently classified as Near threatened by the IUCN.[1]