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Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker (Dendrocopos mahrattensis) detail

Dendrocopos mahrattensis (Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker) complete detail. Description of Dendrocopos mahrattensis (Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker). Classification of Dendrocopos mahrattensis (Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker). Habit and habitat of  Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker. Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker frequents open scrub country, light deciduous forest, mango orchards and groves of trees. It avoids heavy evergreen jungle…………….
Identification of Dendrocopos mahrattensis (Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker). Size between 16 cm to 20 cm. Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker have long, stout, pointed bill and stiff, wedge-shaped tail. The call of Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker is sharp click, click or click-r-r-r. Underparts black, heavily spotted and barred white. They fly from tree-trunk to tree-trunk alighting low down and scuttling upwards jerkily, direct or in spirals, halting at intervals to tap on the bark or peer into crevices for lurking insects. The tail is pressed against the stem to form a supporting………
Underparts dark, streaked dingy white with red belly patch. Irregular brown cheek and neck patches. Male brownish-black above, spotted all over with white and have yellow and orange crown. Female has yellowish crown and nape. The female lacks the scarlet in the………
The Nesting season is principally between January to May. The eggs are laid in a hole excavated by the birds. The eggs 3 in number—are glossy white, unmarked. Both sexes share in excavating the nest-hole, incubation and care of the young.

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Classification

Common Name – Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker

Local Name – Kathphodwa

Other Name – Mahratta woodpecker

Zoological Name – Dendrocopos mahrattensis

Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Chordata

Class – Aves

Order – Piciformes

Family – Picidae

Genus – Dendrocopos

Conservational Status – Schedule – IV,  According to Wildlife Act 1972 and classified as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN.

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Distinctive Identification

Size between 16 cm to 20 cm. Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker have long, stout, pointed bill and stiff, wedge-shaped tail. Spotted black and white plumage with brownish-yellow crown and scarlet patch on abdomen and vent. Underparts black, heavily spotted and barred white. Underparts dark, streaked dingy white with red belly patch. Irregular brown cheek and neck patches.

Male brownish-black above, spotted all over with white and have yellow and orange crown. Female has yellowish crown and nape. The female lacks the scarlet in the occipital crest. Singly or pairs, in orchards and wooded country.

Distribution

Generally found throughout India from about 2,500 feet in the Himalayas to North Ceylon-plains as well as hills at moderate elevations.

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Habit and habitat

Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker frequents open scrub country, light deciduous forest, mango orchards and groves of trees. It avoids heavy evergreen jungle.

They fly from tree-trunk to tree-trunk alighting low down and scuttling upwards jerkily, direct or in spirals, halting at intervals to tap on the bark or peer into crevices for lurking insects. The tail is pressed against the stem to form a supporting tripod.

They feed on Insects, ants and grubs which arc captured by means of the long, extensile, barb-tipped tongue. The call of Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker is sharp click, click or click-r-r-r.

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The flight of Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker is swift and undulating attained by a series of rapid wing beats followed by short pauses.

The Nesting season is principally between January to May. The eggs are laid in a hole excavated by the birds. The eggs 3 in number—are glossy white, unmarked. Both sexes share in excavating the nest-hole, incubation and care of the young.

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