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Pale-headed Woodpecker

Gecinulus grantia

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A bamboo specialist, this is an odd-looking woodpecker with a dark body, sickly-looking pale head, and blood-red patches on the wings. Gives short rapid-fire bursts of drums which, due to the hollow stems of bamboo, often have an odd, reverberating quality. Pale bill is significantly shorter than that of the larger Bay Woodpecker, which seldom drums, if at all.

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