Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense) - HBW 7, p. 546
French: Pic du Bengale
Spanish: Pito Bengalí
Other common names: Lesser Flameback/Goldenback, Lesser/Black-rumped Golden-backed Woodpecker; Ceylon Golden-backed Woodpecker (psarodes)
Taxonomy: Picus benghalensis Linnaeus, 1758, Bengal.
S Sri Lankan race sometimes referred to as erithronothos (or, erroneously, as erithronothon), but psarodes has priority. Clinal decrease in size and variation in colour from N to S, and considerable individual variation, together with intergrading of populations, all combine to make racial delimitation difficult; indeed, W Indian birds sometimes separated as race tehminae and those in N Sri Lanka as jaffnense, but both probably more appropriately included in puncticolle. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- dilutum (Blyth, 1849) - Pakistan.
- benghalense (Linnaeus, 1758) - NW & N India E to Assam and SW Myanmar.
- puncticolle (Malherbe, 1845) - C India S to N Sri Lanka.
- psarodes (A. A. H. Lichtenstein, 1793) - Sri Lanka (except N).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 20 videos
north goa Locality Goa, India
filmingnature 26 weeks ago 28 sec 4.9
A female feeding on fruits. Locality Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India (ssp puncticolle)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2009 3 years ago 46 sec 4.8
A male eating ants. Locality Mudumalai National Park, India (ssp puncticolle)
Josep del Hoyo 8 December 2009 3 years ago 49 sec 4.8
Different views of a male climbing and pecking on trunks. Locality Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka (ssp psarodes)
Eldert Groenewoud 24 October 2008 4 years ago 46 sec 4.4
A female on a palm tree Locality Kovalam, Kerala, India
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2008 4 years ago 22 sec 4.3
Striking at its image in mirror Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp benghalense)
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 2006 3 years ago 11 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 41 photos
A single female was spotted
Locality Khateshwar Tank, Yavatmal District, Maharashtra, India
Jayant Atrey 16 August 2013 16 weeks ago 4.3
A bird on a tree.
Locality Thittamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala, India
Abhiram R 7 December 2012 1 year ago 4.2
A bird on a branch.
Locality Delhi, India
siddhartha 17 September 2013 11 weeks ago 4.1
A female bird on a branch...
Locality Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Soumyadeep Chatterjee 97 2 April 2012 1 year ago 4.1
male bird of the Sri Lankan subspecies
Locality Tissamaharama, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp psarodes)
rainer seifert 15 February 2010 24 weeks ago 4
Shot this female in the morning while she is eating ants from my garden wall.
Locality Kochi (Cochin), Ernakulam District, Kerala, India
Sunny Joseph 10 May 2013 25 weeks ago 4
Three different Calls - typical burst, during flight and while feeding Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 June 2006 3 years ago 4.3
Sound produced while digging in bark, hissing call while feeding young and typical burst Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 June 2006 3 years ago 4
Alarm calls Locality Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 10 February 2006 3 years ago 4
Calls in flight Locality Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 10 February 2006 4 years ago 4
Different calls including loud sound of digging in a dry barnch Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 May 1983 3 years ago 3