French: Salpornis tacheté German: Indienstammsteiger Spanish: Agateador moteado indio
Other common names:
between Calcutta and Benares, India
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. rajputanae
R. Meinertzhagen & A. C. Meinertzhagen, 1926 – C & SE Rajasthan (E from Sambhar, Ajmer, Aravalli Hills and Mt Abu), in WC India.
S. s. spilonota
(Franklin, 1831) – C India from E Gujarat (E from Rajpipla and Disa) and S Haryana (Gurgaon) E to N Uttar Pradesh (Gonda, near Nepalese border) and N Bihar, S to E Maharashtra, N Andhra Pradesh and SE Madhya Pradesh (Bastar district); also Goa (Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary#R).
13–15 cm; 14 g. Very distinctive if seen well, with spotted and barred plumage, long, slender, decurved bill and bark-gleaning habits; tail slightly rounded and, unlike... read more
Calls include a series of full, strident, rising, lower then higher notes, “tui-tui-tui... read more
Found in fairly open deciduous forest of acacia (Acacia), teak (Tectona) etc.,... read more
Food and feeding
Food insects, including moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and bugs (Hemiptera), also spiders (Araneae). Forages on... read more
Season Feb–Jun. Nest a neat, deep cup constructed from flower and leaf stalks, rootlets and bark chips, cemented on outside with spider... read more
Resident and probably largely sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rather scarce and local. Often shy and elusive; easily overlooked and may be commoner in areas of suitable habitat than records... read more
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