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Himalayan Woodpecker

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Male subspecies D. h. albescensPhoto © by Alok TewariDalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014
Male subspecies D. h. albescens
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014

Alternative name: Himalayan Pied Woodpecker

Dendrocopos himalayensis

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[edit] Identification

23–25 cm (9-9¾ in)
Male

  • Buffy forehead
  • Red crown to nape, maybe with some blackish spotting

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found from Himalayas of Afghanistan to Nepal.

[edit] Taxonomy

Female Nominate subspecies Photo © by Alok TewariDist. Almora, Alt. 6500ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018
Female Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Almora, Alt. 6500ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • D. h. albescens:
  • D. h. himalayensis:
  • Eeastern Himachal Pradesh ( India ) to western Nepal

[edit] Habitat

Groves and light forests. Dense dry and wet coniferous forests. Observed at heights around 7000ft.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of insects and their larvae, including wood-boring beetles. Also plant material, including pine cone seeds.

Female subspecies D. h. albescensPhoto © by Alok TewariDalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014
Female subspecies D. h. albescens
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 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. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018) : https://www.hbw.com/species/himalayan-woodpecker-dendrocopos-himalayensis#Descriptive_notes
  4. BF Member observations

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