Saturday, February 26, 2011

Crimson-bellied Woodpecker in Altos del María, a report by Alfred Raab


On Feb 24 2011 Robert Furrer (from Switzerland), Euclides Campos, Laura Reyes and Alfred Raab birded the higher altitudes of Altos del Maria and they found two Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers. They were very shy and we could see them only for a very short time in flight and on trees.
Back on April 2 2010, I was birding with Mark Hubinger and Joanie Hubinger at the higher elevation of Altos del Maria. We saw a 2 large woodpecker, one of them was a young bird constantly begging for food and always following the adult. We never had a full view of the bird, we saw only bits of the birds. I could see the back, which was all black without any white, then I could see the primaries, which were all black with white or whitish spots, then I could see the head with some red, then parts of the belly which was reddish. We observed the birds for a few minutes.
I have never seen this woodpecker before this observation, but I was convinced they were Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers. Seeing only bits and pieces of a bird was not good enough to file a report.
This observation was about 200 m from the location of the Crimson-bellied Woodpecker we saw on Feb 24 2011.

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