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Black-rumped Flameback

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Alternative names: Lesser Goldenback, Lesser Flame-backed Woodpecker

Subspecies psarodesPhoto by Steve GTissa, Sri Lanka, July 2009
Subspecies psarodes
Photo by Steve G
Tissa, Sri Lanka, July 2009
Dinopium benghalense

Includes: Red-backed Flameback


[edit] Identification

26-29 cm (10¼-11½ 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.

[edit] Distribution

Sri Lanka; India, western Myanmar.

[edit] Taxonomy

Subspeies benghalense PairPhoto by Alok TewariKeoladeo National Park, India, July-2016
Subspeies benghalense Pair
Photo by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2016

[edit] Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • D. b. benghalense
  • D. b. dilutum:
  • D. b. puncticolle:
  • D. b. psarodes:
  • Central and southern Sri Lanka - split by IOC as Red-backed Flameback

[edit] Habitat

A variety of moist and dry woodland. Primarily deciduous.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Subspecies puncticolle Male & FemalePhoto by Scottishdude aka Jamie MacArthur  Goa, India, March 2009
Subspecies puncticolle Male & Female
Photo by Scottishdude aka Jamie MacArthur
Goa, India, March 2009

Their diet consists mostly of ants, particularly red ants their pupae and larva.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in a tree hole The clutch consists of 3 white eggs.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, December-2016
Call given by one individual on arrival at a tree trunk.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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