1396. Brachypternus benghalensis dilutus

(1396) Brachypternus benghalensis dilutus Blyth.
THE SIND GOLDEN-BACKED WOODPECKER.
Brachypternus benghalensis dilutus, Fauna, B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 69.
This pale form is very common in Sind and extends all along the Frontier of North-West India. Ticehurst considers that the Punjab hirda as far as Jhang and Ferozepore are of this race. To mo it seems that birds of the Western and Central Punjab are all benghalensis or nearer benghalensis there dilutus, and the Chenab may be taken as the dividing line between the two.
There is nothing on record about the nidification. Rattray found it breeding in 1905 at Dehra Ghazi Khan in April, and Doig says that in Sind it lays its eggs during April. Ticehurst (Ibis, 1923, p. 20) writes that it frequents the vicinity of villages where the planting of trees has been encouraged, and along the roadside avenues in the vicinity of every town and big village “its works of carpentry is in evidence on all sides. But, perhaps, what is even more to its liking is really old, gnarled tamarisk-jungle, which trees in some places along the Indus attain a very large size and generally have plenty of decayed branches.”

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1396. Brachypternus benghalensis dilutus
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1396
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
306
Common name: 
Sind Golden Backed Woodpecker
M_ID: 
11109
M_SN: 
Dinopium benghalense dilutum
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14504

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