French: Pic mahratte German: Gelbscheitelspecht Spanish: Pico mahratta
Other common names:
Yellow-fronted Pied Woodpecker
Mahratta country, south-west India
Subspecies and Distribution
L. m. pallescens
(Biswas, 1951) – E Pakistan (E of R Indus) and N & NW India.
L. m. mahrattensis
(Latham, 1801) – Nepal and most of India E to Assam, Sri Lanka, and W, C & S Myanmar, E Cambodia, S Laos and S Annam, also WC Thailand#R#R.
17–18 cm; 28–46 g. Male has golden-yellow forehead and forecrown, becoming red on hindcrown and nape, dark brown hindneck; white sides of head tinged or streaked... read more
Feeble “peek” or sharp “click, click”, also “click-r-r-r-r”,... read more
Dry to very dry open woodland and desert scrub, including deciduous woodland, second growth,... read more
Food and feeding
Bark-dwelling insects, also fruits and nectar. In particular, caterpillars (Geometridae), grubs (Elateridae, Curculionidae, Buprestidae)... read more
Feb–Jul, also Dec, in Indian Subcontinent; Feb–Apr in SE Asia. Nest-hole excavated at 1–10 m in dead section of live tree... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent in Pakistan, locally common in India, uncommon in Nepal, common in SE Sri Lanka; no recent records from Bangladesh; rare to uncommon in SE... read more
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