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Rufous Woodpecker

Micropternus brachyurus


The Rufous Woodpecker, (Micropternus brachyurus) is a brown woodpecker found in the Indian Subcontinent. Its genus, Micropternus, is monotypic. It builds its nest within the nest of acrobat ants (Crematogaster). This bird is not considered threatened by the IUCN.This singular species was formerly placed in the South American genus Celeus simply due to its somewhat similar appearance and for lack of a better alternative, but it differed from these species in many aspects. DNA sequence analyses have confirmed that the Rufous Woodpecker should be placed in the monotypic genus Micropternus. Its closest relatives seem to be the enigmatic woodpeckers of the genus Meiglyptes and possibly Hemicircus

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PrakashPB 9 years ago

Thankyou Dilan

PrakashPB 9 years ago

Thankyou Stian Waaler

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Fantastic pictures Prakash!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

A great finding!!

You are welcome Prakash, you are lucky to spot this nice bird,

PrakashPB 9 years ago

Thankyou ChiefRedEarth

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Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Spotted on Nov 23, 2013
Submitted on Nov 23, 2013

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