Common name for a species of bird with the binomial name
Dinopium shori and also
commonly known as the Himalayan Goldenback. It belongs to the Picidae family, and is found in many
parts of South Asia, primarily in the lower-to-middle altitudes of the
though its range extends well into
and likely other parts of mainland
Southeast Asia. Males are around 30 centimeters tall and
have an erect crest, which is red in
males and black with white streaks in females. Adults have
a golden-brown to copper back and wings
with a red shine on the top area of the mantle, a black tail, and a red
rump, whilst the underparts are
white with dark markings, that are less dense and lighter than in the
Greater Flameback (fig.).
Unlike the latter, which has a white hindneck, that of the Himalayan
Flameback is black, akin to the
Common Flameback (fig.). The Himalayan Flameback
differs from Common Flameback by a brownish submoustachial and a redder
mantle. The straight pointed
bill, typical of woodpeckers, is blackish and is noticeably shorter than
that of the Greater Flameback.
Immature birds are browner above and more obscurely marked below. In Thai it is known as
nok hua khwaan phan himalay (นกหัวขวานพันธุ์หิมาลัย), i.e.
breed ax-headed bird’.
List of Thai Animal Names.