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Rufous Woodpecker on termite nest

Micropternus brachyurus


These birds are small and brown with pointed beaks and a tail they use as a rudder to prop themselves up. Initially there were two of these birds and then, a third joined them to demolish an insect's nest way up on a tree. Initially I thought it was a hornet's nest but now I see it may be a termite's. The fantastic thing to see was the raining debris as the birds pecked at the nest. I thought the nest would collapse.


I was standing in the parking space of a Homestay in Coorg. Just behind the building the hillock went up...up and up. It was a coffee plantation. This tall shade tree (may be 20-30 feet easily) was right at the top...the nest could be seen clearly.


I maxed out my zoom and got a stiff neck from bending my head back to get a better view. However, this was a wonderful experience to see the avian feeding frenzy. ...I forgot to switch on video.

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Karnataka, India

Spotted on Mar 9, 2020
Submitted on Mar 16, 2020

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