Sunday, 24 April 2011

Picid in Focus: Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis

This small "pied" woodpecker occurs in a range of habitats, mostly in arid lowland areas, on the Indian subcontinent with isolated population elsewhere in Sri Lanka Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. 

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Sounds: Eurasian Wryneck

Song of a territorial male (Common Chaffinch also calling)

Recorded in April 2011, Starigrad Paklenica, Croatia, by Gerard Gorman.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Picid in Focus: Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa.

This African species is a forest-dweller and an ant-eater that invariably forages low-down in trees, bushes and undergrowth on finer twigs and plant stems. Pairs sometimes excavate their nest-hole in a termitarium. It is polytypic with 4 subspecies recognised: nominate nivosa, maxima, poensis and herberti. This bird photographed in the Gambia in 2010 by Vaughan Ashby.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011