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Black-rumped Flameback - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Lesser Goldenback, Lesser Flame-backed Woodpecker

Nominate subspecies pair, male on left
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2016
Dinopium benghalense

Includes: Red-backed Flameback


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.

Subspecies D. b. psarodes
Photo © by Steve G
Tissa, Sri Lanka, July 2009


Sri Lanka; India, western Myanmar.



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


A variety of moist and dry woodland. Primarily deciduous.



Subspecies D. b. puncticolle Male & Female
Photo © by Jamie MacArthur
Goa, India, March 2009

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.


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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.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2016)

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