640. Dendrocopus auriceps

640. BROWN-FRONTED WOODPECKER.
DENDROCOPUS AURICEPS.
Dendroeopus auriceps (Vigors), P.Z.S. 1831, p. 41 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iii. p. 40 ; D. brunnifrons (Vigors), P.Z.S. 1831, p. 176 ; Gould, Cent. B. Himal, pl. lii. (1832) ; Hargitt, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xviii. p. 264.
Male ad. (Himalayas). Upper parts barred blank and white ; a broad band across the upper back, and upper tail-coverts black ; crown brown tinged with olivaceous, the hinder feathers with golden tips ; occiput scarlet ; wings black spotted with white, as are the outer tail-feathers, the middle ones being uniform black ; sides of bead and neck, and chin white, finely striped with black ; ear-coverts pale brown ; a brown malar band passing into a black stripe on the side of the throat and fore-neck ; under parts fulvous while striped with black, middle of the abdomen tinged with yellow ; lower abdomen and under tail-coverts pale crimson ; bill bluish horn, the base of the under mandible plumbeous ; legs pale glaucous green ; iris crimson. Culmen 1.0, wing 4.6, tail 3.2, tarsus 0.8 inch. The female is slightly smaller and lacks the red occiput, which is yellower than the crown.
Hab. Northern Afghanistan, Kashmir, and the Western Himalayas east to Nepal, at altitudes of from 2,000 to 9,000 feet. In general habits it differs little from its congeners, and is said to frequent gardens, and to utter a soft, rolling whistle. It
breeds in April and early in May, boring its nest-hole chiefly in oak- or fir-trees, and lays 4 or 5 pure white, glossy eggs, which measure about 0.92 by 0.68.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
640. Dendrocopus auriceps
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
640
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
446
Common name: 
Brown Fronted Woodpecker
M_ID: 
10652
M_CN: 
Brown-fronted Woodpecker
M_SN: 
Dendrocopos auriceps
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10094

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