French: Pic du Sind German: Tamariskenspecht Spanish: Pico del Sind
Other common names:
Sind Pied Woodpecker
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
SE Iran, Pakistan (Baluchistan, Sind and Punjab) and NW India (Punjab)#R.
20–22 cm; 42–64 g. Male has red crown and nape usually with some black or grey feather bases visible, black hindneck; rest of head and neck white, usually stained... read more
Single “ptik” call; weak “chir-rir-rirrh-rirrh”, also “wicka, toi-whit toi-whit toi-whit”. Both... read more
Riverine forest, thorn-scrub, and desert wadis with scattered acacias (Acacia) and other... read more
Food and feeding
Ants, especially Camponotus, and larvae of wood-boring beetles. Usually forages singly. Explores branches and twigs of Acacia... read more
Season Mar–Apr. Nest-hole excavated by both sexes, sometimes rather low, c. 1–4 m from ground, in trunk or dead branch, often... read more
Resident. No movements recorded, but 19th-century record from NW India possibly a result of long-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common. Rather rare in lower Sind, commoner in upper Sind and Punjab. Appears fairly adaptable, using several man-made... read more
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