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Great Yellow-naped Woodpecker
Picus flavinucha

The Birds of Asia
Vol.6 - Plate No. 36

Length: 33 cm

The Greater Yellow-naped Woodpecker is found in the forests of the Himalayas to eastern India and Sumatra. The male's throat is yellow, and the female red-brown. The pair in this illustration is scaring a small bat in a tree hollow, but they do not eat bats. In breeding season they perch on dead trees, and peck on them, making a loud sound heard throughout the forest. This sound is called the woodpecker's drumming. Perhaps the bat awoke surprised by this sound.