The male Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Picoides kizuki seebohmi) is a delightful, fast moving, small woodpecker. There are 9 sub-species in Japan alone. Ishida 2005 states that “The plumage coloration varies between regions ….. Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers tend to look darker in the southern regions than in the northern ones, such as Hokkaido, because the areas of white decrease as they go to the south.” (Ken Ishida. Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker. Bird Research News Vol.2 No.5 2005. 5.11. Last Revised:2014.4.10; available here: http://www.bird-research.jp/1_shiryo/seitai/kogera.pdf)
All the birds we saw (images posted) were males as we spotted the small, often concealed red spot on side of hindcrown (Mark Brazil. Birds of Japan. Helm Field Guides 2018) – see Post 3. This red feather in males is 7.5mm in lenght with the red coloured portion only half of the distance.
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Location: Nemuro, East Hokkaidō, Japan
Date: 5 & 7th June 2019
Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone