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Buff-rumped Woodpecker

Meiglyptes tristis

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Adorable tiny buffy yellow-brown woodpecker with a large crested head, black-and-white-striped wings, and big dark eyes. Also note dark well-patterned belly. Male has a faint red “moustache” stripe. Often forages in pairs, poking along on the ends of thin branches and in ant nests in the forest canopy, seldom drumming at the main trunk like larger woodpeckers. Joins mixed flocks. Gives a loud “pwee!” as well as high chittering call notes.

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