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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


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


Sri Lanka, India, and western Myanmar.



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • D. b. benghalense
  • D. b. dilutum:
  • D. b. tehminae
  • southwestern India (Western Ghats)
  • D. b. puncticolle:
  • Southern India except Western Ghats
  • D. b. jaffnense


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.


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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, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill F, D Donsker & P Rasmussen (Eds). 2021. IOC World Bird List (v11.1). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2016)

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