Woodpeckers of India

Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense

Notable features Also known as lesser goldenback, they have golden yellow backs. The black throat is diagnostic.The wings have white markings on black near the shoulder region.Range Common throughout India, found in urban areas too. Range Common throughout India, found in urban areas too.
lesser goldenback

Photo1 Courtesy of Tarique Sani, Photo2 Courtesy of Vijay Anand Ismavel
Sound Courtesy of Albert Lastukhin & Sergei Karpeev, XC208903. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/208903.

Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus

Notable features Also known as greater goldenback, they are large birds with plain golden-yellow wings. They have a very broad black band running across the eyes down through the sides of the neck. Their throat is mostly white with thin black stripes. Range In India, it is found in Western Ghats,the Himalayas and down into Bengal, Odisha and towards the interior into Chattisgarh.
Greater Flameback woodpecker index img

Photo1 Courtesy of THE PHOTOMATION, Photo2 Courtesy of Vijay Anand Ismavel
Sound Courtesy of David Farrow, XC42621. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/42621.

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis

Notable features The yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker is a small pied (black and white colored) woodpecker.Males have yellowish forehead and red on the back of head. Females have completely yellowish heads.They have a red patch their belly. Range In India, it is found almsot all over India except the arid regions of Rajasthan, very high elevations of Himalayas i.e. above 2500 ft and eastern coastline.
Yellow-crowned woodpecker index image

Photo1 Courtesy of J.M. Garg, Photo2 Courtesy of Nagarajan Kanna
Sound Courtesy of Paul I. Holt, AV#10436. Accessible at avocet.zoology.msu.edu/recordings/10436.