Orange-backed Woodpecker – family unit

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“Was out in the jungle today to get a breather from work and the heat. Had an extended opportunity to observe a very friendly family of Orange-backed Woodpeckers (Reinwardtipicus validus xanthopygius); two adult and a juvenile that they were still feeding.

“Lots of contact calls (some recordings). Both parents supported the feeding activity which was mainly bark excavation for invertebrates. In the past when I have observed a family unit it also comprised of a single juvenile with a pair of adults parents.

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“The adults (above),

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“…adult male with juvenile (above).

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“Adult female at the top with juvenile below (above).

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“Close up of juvenile (above).

“Sadly these magnificent birds are getting less common locally.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
6th April 2016

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

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