Saturday, 25 June 2016

New Book: Developments in Woodpecker Biology

This recently published book contains 8 papers by different authors on a range of subjects including woodpecker systematics, morphology, cognition, ecology, breeding biology and population densities. It is edited by Hans Winkler and published by the Biologiezentrum des Oberosterreichischen Landesmuseum in Linz, Austria. I am honoured to have a paper of my own included: Foraging signs and cavities of some European woodpeckers (Picidae): Identifying the clues that lead to establishing the presence of species. Gerard Gorman.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

West Indian Woodpecker - male

Adult male West Indian Woodpecker Melanerpes superciliaris. Males have an all red crown, whereas females are red only on the nape. This is the nominate race superciliaris which has much black around the eyes. Photo by Gerard Gorman, Cuba, March 2016.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at its wells

This is a female (note the white throat) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius). Note the sap wells on the coco-palm tree. This species does not breed in Cuba, but winters in good numbers. The hole is probably not hers. Photo: Gerard Gorman, March, 2016, in Cuba.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Fernandina's Flicker

Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae). Adult male: note the black malar. Cuba, March 2016. Photo: Gerard Gorman. A localised and vulnerable endemic woodpecker of Cuba.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Picid in Focus: Yellow-tufted Woodpecker

Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus, male (note the red on the forecrown), yellow-tufted morph. Peru, November 2012, Gerard Gorman.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Woodpeckers in cartoons!

Check out the wonderful work of Finnish cartoonist Seppo Leinonen. His cartoons highlight, with humour, some of the key issues facing forests (and other habitats). He is also big fan of woodpeckers!