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Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India
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Heart-spotted Woodpecker

Hemicircus canente

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Small and unique black-and-cream woodpecker with an oversized crested head and short tail. Male has a dark forehead, whereas female has a white one. Namesake spots are on the wing coverts and can be difficult to make out unless seen well. Listen for its twangy “cheeYEWW” as well as high-pitched “chee” and “chi’lee” calls. Encountered in lowland and foothill forests, where it favors dense wet areas with bamboo and teak.

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