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Red-backed Flameback Woodpecker

Dinopium benghalense psarodes


About 28 centimetres (11 in) in length. Mostly crimson with black trailing edges to wings. underparts white with messy black marks. The breast and neck are black with white spots on the throat and white streaks on the breast. A black eyestripe stretches to the back of the neck and diffuses into the nape and upper back, with white streaks between the eye and neck. It has a red crown, with the forecrown and forehead black speckled with white in females. The eye is hidden among the black eyestripe. It has a fairly sized grey bill, which forms a blunt point. Juveniles are duller with less bold markings, with males having white spots on crown and females with few spots if not none.Hybrids can be either mostly red with orange or yellow (closer to Red-backed flameback) or mostly yellow with red or orange (closer to Black-rumped flameback)


The Red-backed flameback, Lesser Sri Lanka flameback, Sri Lanka red-backed woodpecker, or Ceylon red-backed woodpecker (Dinopium psarodes) is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is endemic to Sri Lanka, only absent in the far-north. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Black-rumped flameback.

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Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 months ago

Thank you i_munasinghe!!

i_munasinghe 2 months ago

Oh great spotting, congratulations!

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 months ago

Lol me too
I rarely fave them

jazz.mann 3 months ago

yes spiders are my worst phobia. I never fave them on this site. haha

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 months ago

To me, all insects are not creepy but I do have a phobia for spiders... But on this site, I've found some fascinating things about spiders. Doesn't mean my phobia is gone though haha

jazz.mann 3 months ago

that's great. I myself have never been into insects because they give me the creeps/nightmares HAHA. but this website is starting to give me a new appreciation for them.

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 months ago

Lol yeah
This indeed is my first documented bird. Though I've been doing bird watching since I was young, I never photographed them.

jazz.mann 3 months ago

your first bird, welcome to my world. LOL. Nice.

Rithmini Dinhara
Spotted by
Rithmini Dinhara

Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jul 18, 2021
Submitted on Jul 19, 2021

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