French: Pic écaillé German: Schuppengrünspecht Spanish: Pito escamoso
Simla–Almora district, western Himalayas.
Two subspecies recognized.
c. 35 cm; 156–194 g. Male has red forehead, crown and nape, usually some dark feather bases showing through (especially when worn), more orangey in narrow wedge down... read more
Main call, also in flight, a melodious vibrating “klee-guh kleeguh” or “kuik-kuik... read more
Coniferous and mixed coniferous forest, and forests with temperate deciduous trees, e.g. oaks (... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly ants and termites (Isoptera), also larvae of wood-boring insects; berries also taken in winter. Forages singly or in pairs,... read more
Laying late Apr to early Jun, mainly early to late May. Nest excavated by both sexes, in tree of wide range of species, including e.g. holm... read more
Some individuals of Himalayan populations move to lower altitudes in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common, but rather local. Formerly extended west into Transcaspia, but no recent records; apparently extinct W of Afghanistan.... read more
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