Buff-necked Woodpecker – drumming

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Saw a pair of Buff-necked Woodpecker (Meiglyptes tukki tukki) foraging today – the male is shown above and below.

Below is the female. Apart from the red malar strip, Gorman 2014 (Woodpeckers of the World: The Complete Guide. Helm Guides) states that sexes can be differentiated by the male having a “yellower and larger” neck-patch. I have not been able to appreciate this in all the times I have watched this woodpecker. Both sexes are involved in drumming and we heard many episodes today, mainly produced by the female. A short segment of an edited and amplified drumming record is here: https://www.xeno-canto.org/457153

The sonogram and waveform of one drumming episode is shown below. Drumming was of variable lengths and notes – lasting 1.5 seconds (32 notes) to 2.5 seconds (45 notes). The quality of the notes depended on the tree used. It could rise in tempo or be variable.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Primary jungle at foothills

Date: 18th February 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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