Sunday, February 7, 2010

Guayaquil Woodpecker Video

Originally posted 10/29/10 - backdated to organize posts by topic.


In this brief video of a male Guayaquil Woodpecker at the Ayampe River in Ecuador, you'll observe it looking around and drumming.  This video by videoclientesm  includes a link in its description to a bird tour site called Sword Billed Expeditions.  Press play, then change the setting at the lower right of the video box from 360p to 480p to watch it at higher resolution.

Birds of Peru by Thomas S. Schulenberg describes the typical voice and drumming of this bird as follows:   

Call like that of Crimson-crested Woodpecker.  Drum is heavy, dying away at the end, 4-7 strikes.

Check out this audio sample of a bird doing 5 loud, crisp drums from xeno-canto:

Are those Howler Monkeys near the end, at 1 min 30 secs, of this clip? It sounds like Jurassic Park.  Wow!

2 comments:

Chris said...

The video is superb Bill as well as the link!

Bill Benish said...

Yes, it is interesting to see this bird in action. I was happy to find this video. Thanks Chris!

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