Common Flameback

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This colourful bird is the first woodpecker we have seen – ever! It’s colours are bright and it has a very distinct call.

Description: The Common Goldenback or Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) is a medium-sized woodpecker. They can usually be found in wooded areas. Males have red crests while females have black crests with white streaks. Both genders have golden backs and patterned chests, as well as black streaks on their faces. Both have a red circle on their backs that looks like a gunshot wound.

Status: Common resident breeder

Diet: Insects

Fun fact: An old name of this bird is the Golden-backed Three-toed Woodpecker.


27 June 2014

First sighting! Below is a female with the old camera, so the pictures aren’t as clear.

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Some better pictures later on that day…

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5 August 2014

Great woodpecker day!!! It flew onto the palms right on top of the swimming pool – and stayed there for a long time! We could see bits of wood flying around like dust, and something dripping out, probably water. Have some clear pictures below!

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Can you see his long pink tongue??? We think he was licking up water from the palm.

Look at his mask! He looks like he’s going to a masquerade ball.

Delicious heaven!

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