Scaly-bellied woodpecker

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Scaly-bellied woodpecker
Scaly-bellied Woodpecker.jpg
in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Picus
P. squamatus
Binomial name
Picus squamatus
Vigors, 1831

The scaly-bellied woodpecker (Picus squamatus) is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is found in the Indian subcontinent and adjoining regions, ranging across Afghanistan, Iran, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan.


Its natural habitats are boreal forests, temperate forests, and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.


Large, green woodpecker with distinct scaling from breast to vent. Similar to streak-throated woodpecker but larger and with unstreaked throat and upper breast. Black moustache and black bored white supercilia. Tail strongly barred. Crown red in male, blackish in female. Large pale bill.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Picus squamatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.