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Dinopium benghalense

Dinopium benghalense
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-12 8:30
Viewed: 2013
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes, this is the Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense) which is also known as the Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker or Lesser Goldenback. A woodpecker found widely distributed in the Indian Subcontinent. It is one of the few woodpeckers that are seen in urban areas. It has a characteristic rattling-whinnying call and an undulating flight. It is the only golden-backed woodpecker with a black throat and black rump.

I photographed this bird, a male for sure, today in the afternoon, that is, around 02:00 p.m. I took a number of shots and was happy that at least two to three will be quite presentable to viewers here on TN but to my dismay I discovered that I had ignored the movement of the bird's head while it pecked at the bark for larvae so I got a blurred head in otherwise wonderful photos...ah!This pair came to this Silk Cotton tree(bombax ceiba)and stayed for a while and then flew away. I had been chasing the pair for long, that is, for two or three months and at last succeeded in getting this shot. Hope you'll like it.

Here is the rest of the information about the bird, Wikipedia of course:

The Black-rumped Flameback is a large species at 26–29 cm in length. It has a typical woodpecker shape, and the golden yellow wing coverts are distinctive. The rump is black and not red as in the Greater Flameback. The underparts are white with dark chevron markings. The black throat finely marked with white immediately separates it from other golden backed woodpeckers in the Indian region. The head is whitish with a black nape and throat, and there is a greyish eye patch. Unlike the Greater Flameback it has no dark moustachial stripes.

The adult male has a red crown and crest. Females have a black forecrown spotted with white, with red only on the rear crest. Young birds are like the female, but duller.

Like other woodpeckers, this species has a straight pointed bill, a stiff tail to provide support against tree trunks, and zygodactyl feet, with two toes pointing forward, and two backward. The long tongue can be darted forward to capture insects.

Leucistic birds have been recorded. Two specimens of male birds from the northern Western Ghats have been noted to have red-tipped feathers on the malar region almost forming a malar stripe. A female specimen from Lucknow has been noted to have grown an abnormal downcurved hoopoe-like bill.


The race in the arid northwestern India and Pakistan, dilutum, has pale yellow upperparts, a long crest and whiter underparts than the nominate race of the Gangetic plains. The upperparts have less spots. They prefer to breed in old gnarled tamarisks, Acacia and Dalbergia trunks. The nominate populations is found across India in the low elevations up to about 1000 m. Southern Peninsular form puncticolle has the throat black with small triangular white spots and the upper parts are a bright golden-yellow. The subspecies found in the Western Ghats is sometimes separated as tehminae (named after the wife of Salim Ali) and is more olive above, has fine spots on the black throat and the wing-covert spots are not distinct. The southern Sri Lankan subspecies D. b. psarodes has a crimson back and all the dark markings are blacker and more extensive. It hybridizes with the northern Sri Lankan race jaffnense which has a shorter beak.[2] The Sri Lankan race psarodes is sometimes considered a distinct species although it is said to intergrade with jaffnense near Puttalam, Kekirawa and Trincomalee.

Distribution and habitat

This flameback is found mainly on the plains going up to an elevation of about 1200m in Pakistan, India south of the Himalayas and east till the western Assam valley and Meghalaya, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is associated with open forest and cultivation. They are often seen in urban areas with wooded avenues. It is somewhat rare in the Kutch and desert region of Rajasthan.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-12 8:49]

Hello Syed,
Excellent photo of this special woodpecker in beautiful natural colours and good sharpness.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-05-12 9:24]

Hello Abid,
Hope life is treating you well.
A superb capture of this species of woodpecker with fine light management in the shade to give excellent sharpness and natuaral colours in this excellent POV on the tree trunk.
Well done and TFS!
Best regards,

Hello Abid
Amazing bird and beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Ciao Syed.
Eccellente cattura di questo magnifico esemplare di picchio rosso, con ottimi particolari e dei stupendi colori naturali,molto bene la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-12 10:43]

Hello Syed,
beautiful woodpecker shot.Well focused with excellent sharp details.Well saturated colours and good POV.TFS.Best regards Siggi

Good pic of a fantastic woodpecker. Thanks very much

Hello Abid,
Incredible lucking woodpecker. Amazing colors and shape. Pity that you have no much light.
Still the bird has superb colors. Excellent details and clarity for this difficult shoot.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2012-05-12 14:40]

Bela foto com excelente nitidez e cores muito atraentes meus parabéns.

Salam Syed Abid.
This is a beautiful bird and you have captured the shot well in nice perch and excellent details. Great framing and well done indeed.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

A very colourful Woodpecker captured from a difficult perspective, Abid.
Apt camera settings to obtain this sharp and clear image with natural colour tones.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-13 3:49]

Hello Abid,
This woodpecker-species is really most beautiful with its colorful plumage. Despite a not easy situation you made a good natural shot showing so well the bird looking for some food underneath the bark. We have too some woodpeckers in town close to my home, but they are mostly perched very high and unreachable for my lens...
Kind regards
Thanks also for your interesting and personal note

Hello Abid

This is a wonderful natural presentation of the Lesser Goldenback and worthy one for your efforts and perseverance. I have trying my luck with woodpeckers and Owls for all of 2 weekends with no luck. So nice to see one presented here.


Ciao Syed, great capture of lovely bird in nice action, beautiful ambientation, splendid light, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Fantástica captura Syed. Yo no tengo esta especie por aquí aunque en las montañas tenemos similares.
Aunque se echa en falta algo más de luminosidad, el conjunto es fntástico.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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