Micropternus phaioceps, Blyth.
178 :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I. p. 294.
THE BENGAL RUFOUS WOODPECKER.
Length, 9.5; wing, 4.75 to 5; tail, 2.75; bill at front, 1. Plumage dark chesnut bay, with black bands ; head brown above, paling posteriorly, the feathers faintly streaked, and gradually merged on the hind-neck in the bay color of the back; chin, cheek, and throat, pale, the feathers of this last concolorous with the body, or nearly so, merely having lighter lateral margins ; neck in front, breast and upper part of abdomen, bright chesnut-bay ; from the middle of the abdomen the same but paler and with dusky cross-bands.
According to Jerdon, the Bengal Rufous Woodpecker is found in some of the forests of Central India.