Speckled piculet

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Speckled piculet
Speckled Piculet Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary East Sikkim India 11.04.2016.jpg
From Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, East Sikkim, India.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Picumnus
Species: P. innominatus
Binomial name
Picumnus innominatus
Burton, 1836

The speckled piculet (Picumnus innominatus) is a species of bird in the family Picidae.


The male and female birds look alike. They have olive-green backs, with two white stripes on the side of their heads. The male bird has orange and brown on the forecrown. They have a creamy-white coloring below, with black spots. There is a dark green band near the eyes.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are boreal forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. In India, it is found in the Himalayan foothills, up to an altitude of about 2500m. It can be found in bamboo jungles.[2]


They usually move about in pairs, on thin branches, and sometimes hang from the branch, upside-down. Their behavior is quite similar to that of woodpeckers.[2]

Diet and feeding[edit]

The speckled piculet usually lives on a diet of ants and termites.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Picumnus innominatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Grewal, Bikram (2000). Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. India: Local Colour Limited. p. 14.