Monday, February 1, 2010

Pale-billed Woodpecker at Nest Cavity

Here's a recently posted 2 minute video of a female Pale-billed Woodpecker at her nest cavity in Honduras, followed by her mate.  It provides us with a great look at the black forecrown and black center of the crown, features that distinguish this bird from the male whose entire head is red.  Check out the huge beetle larva she's got in her bill at 45 secs. into the clip!  After that, her handsome mate arrives with another larva to do his part in raising their young.

I favor the Neotropical Bird site's profile of the Pale-billed Woodpecker, and here is a link to the Life History page with details on the bird's diet, etc.:


Warren Baker said...

what a stunning and powerful looking bird!

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