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Tuesday, August 25

Scaly Bellied Woodpecker - Birds of India

Scaly bellied woodpecker (Picus squamatus) is a beautiful woodpecker you will encounter in the foothills of Western Himalayas. The male of this species is noticeable with its red forehead and crown. Usually found in coniferous forest areas, it is also common in villages with forest patches. The bird mainly feeds on termites, ants and wood boring insects. During winter, they also eat berries.

This bird often forages for food singly or in pairs. Here you may watch a Scaly bellied woodpecker having his time with the termites on an old wooden plank. Recorded from Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The breeding season of this bird is usually from April to June.

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