Rufous piculet

Sasia abnormis

SUBFAMILY

Picumninae

TAXONOMY

Picumnus abnormis Temminck, 1825. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Picumne roux; German: Malaienmausspecht; Spanish: Carpinterito Rufo.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

3.5 in (9 cm), 0.25-0.42 oz (7.2-12 g); tiny, green above, rust below; male with yellow forehead; female with rufous forehead. Very short tail.

DISTRIBUTION

Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, Billiton, Borneo, Nias. HABITAT

Secondary forest with much decaying wood; bamboo stands; low dense vegetation.

BEHAVIOR

Somewhat social, seen in groups of 4-5; fast moving through understory.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Gleans insects from surface and excavates small holes to retrieve insects. Diet includes beetles, ants, other small insects, their eggs, and larvae, and small spiders.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Little known; nests found in bamboo; nestlings found May-June; brood size 2.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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