Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Great Slaty Woodpecker (Mulleripicus pulverulentus) - HBW 7, p. 555

French: Pic meunier German: Puderspecht Spanish: Picatroncos Pizarroso
Other common names: Himalayan Great Slaty Woodpecker (harterti)

Taxonomy: Picus pulverulentus Temminck, 1826, Java and Sumatra.
Geographical variation not well marked, and individual variation makes racial delimitation difficult; size varies only slightly and inconstantly throughout range. Populations from NW (Nepal to N Assam) described as race mohun on basis of darker coloration, especially below, but some birds from Myanmar and Thailand appear identical. Races intergrade in peninsular Thailand, intermediates from which previously separated as race celadinus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • harterti Hesse, 1911 - N India (Himachal Pradesh) E through Himalayan foothills to N Myanmar and S China (S Yunnan), S to S Thailand and Indochina.
  • pulverulentus (Temminck, 1826) - peninsular Thailand S to E Sumatra and Riau Archipelago, W Java, Borneo and N Natunas, and W Philippines (Balabac, Palawan).