French: Pic de Goa German: Goldschulterspecht Spanish: Pito dorsiblanco
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. festivus
(Boddaert, 1783) – SW Nepal and most of India (except E coast).
C. f. tantus
Ripley, 1946 – Sri Lanka.
c. 29 cm; 213 g. Male has white forehead spotted brown, red crown and crest narrowly bordered black, broad white supercilium back to side of nape and sometimes meeting white... read more
Laughing rattle, “kwirri-rr-rr-rr-rr”, like corresponding call of C. lucidus... read more
Open deciduous woodland and scrub; also cultivations with scattered trees. Around Corbett National... read more
Food and feeding
Ants, and larvae of wood-boring insects; also seeds, seemingly indicating ingestion of fruits. Feeds singly or in pairs; sometimes family... read more
Season varies regionally, generally Nov–Mar; in Sri Lanka, also in Aug–Sept. A new nest-hole excavated each year, by both sexes... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Nepal; widespread and locally fairly common in India; scarce and local in Sri Lanka. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g.... read more
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