Common Flameback

The common flameback (Dinopium Javanese), also called the common goldenback, is a common bird in Singapore. It is a woodpecker.

It is a strikingly colourful bird with brown wings (as you can see from the picture on below). The woodpecker has a crest of either red or black, depending on the sex. The female has a black crest, and the male has a red crest. The common flameback has three toes. The belly and breast is white in colour with spots.

It is found in open coastal woodlands, mangroves, disturbed habitats such as mature gardens, like Botanic Gardens. I saw one there. It flies from tree to tree, finding food, starting from the bottom of the tree to the top. I saw one moving from the bottom to the top of a tree, pecking on the bark, I think it might be finding insects.

It is a very agile in climbing trees. when I saw it at the Singapore Botanic Garden, it was moving up trees very smoothly. 

It is found in and looks like the greater goldenback/ greater flameback. The common flameback has 2 malar stripes, whereas the greater flameback only has 1 malar stripe. The greater flameback is less common than the common flameback in Singapore.


5 Responses to Common Flameback

  1. […] It may have been a common goldenback- […]

  2. […] Once we entered the trail, we were greeted by a woodpecker. It could have been a Common goldenback, Greater goldenback or Laced woodpecker. Look at […]

  3. RaiulBaztepo says:

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  4. PiterKokoniz says:

    Hi ! 🙂
    I am Piter Kokoniz. Just want to tell, that your posts are really interesting
    And want to ask you: will you continue to post in this blog in future?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Thank you:)

  5. Mad Bluebird says:

    Have you ever been to central america where the RESPENDENT QUETZAL lives? The male has three foot long tailfeathers

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