Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Blonde-crested Woodpecker

The garden of the Serra dos Tucanos Lodge in SE Brazil is superb for birds. A rich range of parakeets, hummingbirds, manakins, thrushes and tanagers visit the feeders. One of the most stunning daily visitors, with its bright yellow hair-do, is the Blonde-crested Woodpecker Celeus flavescens. A female dropped in several times a day, and a male occasionally, to hack open placed-out bananas. This female was photographed last week by John Moon.

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