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Mulleripicus pulverulentus (Temminck, 1826) – Great Slaty Woodpecker

Taxonomic Notes:

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This species is rare. It inhabits lowland deciduous and tropical forests in India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia, from the sea level up to 1,100m. This species has possibly extirpated from Singapore. It breeds during the period of March-June. It mainly forages on ants, bees, and also on some fruits (BirdLife International 2016). 

Conservation Status:  

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining and its current population size is unknown. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance and its other threats are not fully understood (BirdLife International 2016). 


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Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2023. Mulleripicus pulverulentus (Temminck, 1826) – Great Slaty Woodpecker. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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