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Rufous-bellied Woodpecker

Dendrocopos hyperythrus


This woodpecker has a habit of making a series of small pits on the bark of trees to feed on the tree sap. I was lucky to spot one in the act and photograph this unique behavior. Their diet also consists of insects like Beetles, grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, moths, caterpillars, and spiders.


Oak and Rhododendron mixed forest in the Garhwal Himalayan range in India.

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Vipul Ramanuj
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Vipul Ramanuj

Chopta, Uttarakhand, India

Spotted on Feb 13, 2018
Submitted on Oct 23, 2020

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