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Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis cameroni   - Foraging behaviour
Bay Woodpecker
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Fraserís Hill, Pahang, Malaysia
Date : 19 November 2018
English synonyms:Red-eared Bay Woodpecker, Red-eared Rufous Woodpecker, Greater Bay Woodpecker
Bird Family :Picidae - Wrynecks, Piculets, Woodpeckers, Flamebacks & Yellownapes
Bird Group :PICIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :These were difficult images, high up in thick foliage and observed in overcast weather with light rain, but worth reporting. Bay Woodpeckers are noted to forage singly and partners do not forage close to each other (HBW 2018, Wells 1999). We spotted 3 birds together in the same tree. I suspect this is a family unit as one bird was waiting expectantly (not foraging), possibly to be fed. The female (seen in image) was very industriously hammering into a trunk of a live tree for a long period of time and created a deep hole. The presumed juvenile and male who was foraging nearby came to join her.
-Amar
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