Hemicercus cordatus

Hemicercus cordatus, Jerd.

165. :- Hemicercus canente, Lesson. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 280; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 385.

THE HEART-SPOTTED WOODPECKER.

Length, 6; expanse, 12 ; wing, 3.72 ; tail, 1.25 ; bill at front, 0.88.
Length, 5.75; expanse, 10.75; wing, 3.6; tail, 1.36; bill at front, 0.67.

Bill bluish-black ; irides brownish-red ; legs dusky-green.

Female, with the forehead and top of the head a narrow line, in the middle of the inter-scapular region, rump, shoulders, lesser wing-coverts, and a stripe from the lower mandible running below the ears of a light whitish-yellow; the wing-coverts and tertiaries with a black heart-shaped spot near the tip of each ' feather; face, cheeks, long occipital crest, nape, scapulars, quills, upper tail-coverts, and tail, deep black; tertiaries greenish ; middle of back dull blackish-green ; beneath, chin and throat, whitish-yellow; from throat to vent dull blackish-green ; under tail-coverts black.

The male differs from the female in having the forehead and head black, with minute, whitish spots. On the centre of the back is a brush of dark sap-green bristly feathers, smeared with a viscid secretion from a gland beneath.

Jerdon (by a slip of the pen. probably) has described the male as the female, and vice versa, but this has been rectified in the text.

The Heart-spotted Woodpecker occurs sparingly in the forests west of Belgaum and on the Sahyadri Range. It has not been recorded from elsewhere within our limits.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Hemicercus cordatus
Spp Author: 
Jerd.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
114
Common name: 
Heart Spotted Woodpecker
M_ID: 
10417
M_CN: 
Heart-spotted Woodpecker
M_SN: 
Hemicircus canente
Term name: 
id: 
11376

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