Alternative names: Lesser Goldenback, Lesser Flame-backed Woodpecker
- Dinopium benghalense
Includes: Red-backed Flameback
26-29 cm (10Â¼-11Â½ in)
- Golden yellow back
- Paler wings
- Black rump and tail
- White underparts with dark chevron markings
- Black throat
- Whitish head
- Black nape and throat
- Grayish eye patch
Male - red crown and crest.
Female - black forecrown spotted with white, with red only on the rear crest..
Young birds are like female, but duller.
Sri Lanka; India, western Myanmar.
There are 4 subspecies:
- Central and southern Sri Lanka - split by IOC as Red-backed Flameback
A variety of moist and dry woodland. Primarily deciduous.
Their diet consists mostly of ants, particularly red ants their pupae and larva.
They nest in a tree hole The clutch consists of 3 white eggs.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2016)
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