Fun Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Facts For Kids

Rhea Nischal
Feb 29, 2024 By Rhea Nischal
Originally Published on Sep 02, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
Fact-checked by Gowri Rao
Discover fun yellow-crowned woodpecker facts about its habitat, distribution, diet, and more!
Age: 3-18
Read time: 5.7 Min

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) is a medium-sized woodpecker that can be seen across South Asia. It belongs to the Picidae family, the genus Leiopicus, and the order Piciformes. This bird species is the only member of the genus Leiopicus. It is also commonly known as the Mahratta pied woodpecker and the Mahratta woodpecker.

It is a stunning, multi-colored bird that possesses white and black central feathers featuring a stunning white-streaked design. It has spotty brown and white underparts. There is also a red-colored patch on the belly of this bird. The male Mahratta woodpecker possesses a yellow fore-crown and a red nape whereas the female Mahratta woodpecker possesses a yellow nape and crown.

The Mahratta woodpecker prefers to inhabit dry arid areas with lots of foliage. This stunning bird can be spotted across China, Nepal, Pakistan, India,  Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. It is an omnivorous bird that feeds upon insects, fruits, and nectar. Keep reading to find out more fun facts about the typical yellow-crowned woodpecker habitat, breeding, appearance, and more!

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Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a yellow-crowned woodpecker?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) is a woodpecker species that belong to the Picidae family, the genus Leiopicus, and the order Piciformes. This bird can be spotted in many countries across Asia and South Asia. It has two subspecies, namely, Leiopicus mahrattensis pallescens and Leiopicus mahrattensis mahrattensis.

What class of animal does a yellow-crowned woodpecker belong to?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) belongs to the class of Aves along with all bird species.

How many yellow-crowned woodpeckers are there in the world?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) has a very large range. The population size of this species is unknown, but we do know that its population trend is stable. The extent of occurrence of this bird is 2783796.5 sq mi (7,210,000 sq km).

Where does a yellow-crowned woodpecker live?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) can be found across China, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. It is commonly spotted across India at moderate elevations of plains and hills and at very high elevations of 2500 ft (762 m) in the Himalayas.

What is a yellow-crowned woodpecker's habitat?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) prefers to inhabit desert scrub and dry open woodland habitats. It can be seen frequenting light deciduous forest regions, groves of trees, mango orchards, and open scrub country regions. It doesn't prefer heavy evergreen forests. This bird flies from tree trunk to tree trunk and then halts to look for insects. Male and female birds both excavate a hole for their nest where they lay their eggs.

Who do yellow-crowned woodpeckers live with?

Yellow-crowned woodpeckers live in pairs during the breeding season. Woodpeckers typically live alone before they form pairs. They prefer to live alone in a forest and in the same territory.

How long does a yellow-crowned woodpecker live?

The lifespan of the yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) is not yet known. However, most medium-sized species of woodpeckers have a life expectancy of 4-12 years.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding season of these birds starts in February and goes on until July in India. They have also been observed to breed in December in India. They generally breed from February to April in Southeast Asia. The nest hole of these birds is dug at a height of 3.2-32.8 ft (1-10 m) in a live tree's dead section. The nest of these birds is usually built on a sloping branch's underside. Both male and female birds excavate a hole for their nest, where the female lays her eggs. Females lay three eggs that are incubated for 13 days. The fledglings reside with their parents until the next breeding cycle commences.

What is their conservation status?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) of the family Picidae has been classified under the Least Concern category by the IUCN's Red List. As this species has a large range, it is not classified under the Vulnerable category.

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Fun Facts

What do yellow-crowned woodpeckers look like?

Yellow-crowned woodpeckers are magnificent medium-sized birds that range between 6.6-6.8 in (17-17.5 cm) in length and range between 1.7-2.2 oz (50-64 g) in weight. They possess a multi-colored plumage. Their upperparts are black in color and possess white-colored spots. They have spotty brown and white underparts. There is also a red-colored patch present on their belly. They also have brown colored irregular neck and cheek patches. Males have a scarlet-colored nape and a yellow forecrown, whereas females have a yellow-colored nape and crown. They look similar to the brown-fronted woodpecker but can be differentiated through their blotchier brown-streaked underparts and their duller crown.

The yellow-crowned woodpecker is a multi-colored bird that can be found across Asia!

How cute are they?

These medium-sized birds have a very cute appearance. These birds look magnificent due to their pattern and coloration. The red-colored spot present on their belly adds vibrancy to their overall black and white-streaked appearance.

How do they communicate?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker call sounds like a sharp 'click-click-click' or 'click-r-r-r'. This bird is known to produce sharp notes and high descending rapid sounds.

How big is a yellow-crowned woodpecker?

These birds range between 6.6-6.8 in (17-17.5 cm) in length. They are slightly larger than the cute chipping sparrow species.

How fast can a yellow-crowned woodpecker fly?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) has been observed to fly from tree trunk to tree trunk. It descends down and then jerkily flies upwards either in spirals or directly. Its speed hasn't been evaluated yet. However, we do know that woodpeckers can fly at speeds of 21.3mph (34.3 kph)!

How much does a yellow-crowned woodpecker weigh?

These birds range between  1.7-2.2 oz (50-64 g) in weight.

What are the male and female names of the species?

They are simply known as female woodpeckers and male woodpeckers.

What would you call a baby yellow-crowned woodpecker?

A baby yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) is referred to as a chick or a fledgling.

What do they eat?

These birds are known to feed upon fruits, nectar, and bark-dwelling insects, like caterpillars and dragonflies. They have been observed to forage alone, in pairs, and sometimes in flocks of mixed species.

Are they dangerous?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) is not dangerous. It is known to damage trees and property though.

Would they make a good pet?

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Leiopicus mahrattensis) would not make a great pet as they can cause a lot of damage to property. They are even illegal to adopt as a pet in many places.

Did you know...

The latter part of their scientific name and the word 'Mahratta' in the common name of this species originates from a historical state of India, Maharastra!

Different types of woodpeckers

There are about 180 species of woodpeckers that can be differentiated from each other by their habitat, color, size, and shape. Many species look similar to each other in terms of coloration or body size. Some species of woodpeckers are the red-headed woodpecker, the downy woodpecker, the great-spotted woodpecker, and the black woodpecker.

Why is it called a yellow-crowned woodpecker?

It is called this as it possesses a characteristic yellow-colored crown!

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Written by Rhea Nischal

Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Management

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Rhea NischalBachelor of Business Administration specializing in Management

A background in Business Administration and Management from MCM DAV College, Rhea has led her to work for her father's global business. However, her passion for content production, where she manages operations to ensure all processes run smoothly. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her one-year-old nephew.

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