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Brown-capped Woodpecker

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Male, nominate subspecies, images of same individual showing plumage detailPhoto © by Alok TewariMangar Bani Forest, Faridabad-Gurgaon Road, Haryana, India, June-2018
Male, nominate subspecies, images of same individual showing plumage detail
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Mangar Bani Forest, Faridabad-Gurgaon Road, Haryana, India, June-2018
Dendrocopos nanus


[edit] Identification

13 cm (5 in)

  • Brown and white barring on upperparts
  • Streaked white underparts
  • Spotted white tail
  • Pink-rimmed white irises
  • Pale brown crown (edged with red in males)
  • Pale brown eyestripe
  • White supercilium and cheek

[edit] Similar Species

A little smaller than a Red-vented Bulbul and bigger than a Purple-rumped Sunbird.

Female, nominate subspeciesPhoto © by obasanmiKanha, India, March 2005
Female, nominate subspecies
Photo © by obasanmi
Kanha, India, March 2005

[edit] Distribution

Found on the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies recognized[1]:

  • D.n. nanus in northern and central India
  • D.n. cinereigula in southern India
  • D.n. gymnopthalmos in Sri Lanka

It was formerly considered conspecific with Sunda Woodpecker.
Placed in genus Yungipicus by Gill and Donsker.

[edit] Habitat

Paddy fields, mangroves, coastal scrub, plantations, parks and gardens, open woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Both sexes excavate a hole about 15-30cm long in a dead tree.

Subspecies D. n. gymnopthalmusPhoto © by Dhilip De AlwisSri Lanka, July 2014
Subspecies D. n. gymnopthalmus
Photo © by Dhilip De Alwis
Sri Lanka, July 2014

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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