The beautiful woodpecker pictured here is a female visiting a fruit feeder at the Vale das Taquaras Lodge in Brazil. (Male Blond-crested Woodpeckers have bright red cheek feathers, but the same rock-star crest of yellowish-white.)
The woodpecker is a regular visitor at fruit feeders. However, the bird’s long, barb- and brush-tipped tongue may also be an efficient tool to take in flower nectar.
The botanists watched Blond-crested Woodpeckers, as expected, pick ants and termites from small branches. They didn’t expect to see the birds regularly ingesting nectar that is too dilute to interest most hummingbirds, dusting their heads and throats with pollen in the process.
The researchers said 10 species of birds, including the woodpecker, appear to be the main pollinators of Spirotheca passifloroides, an endangered tree that blooms in Brazil’s remaining sections of Atlantic forest in winter (May or June through July or August). The botanists were the first scientists to record the woodpeckers feeding from the tree’s red flowers, which have easily accessible nectar.
At lower heights, the woodpeckers also ingested the nectar of Schwartzia brasiliensis, another flowering tree with easily accessible flowers. The cup-like blooms were visited by hummingbirds, perching birds and the Blond-crested Woodpecker.
Reporting in the journal Biota Neotropica, the botanists speculated that other fruit-feeding woodpeckers may be ingesting tree-flower nectar beyond the view of ground observers.
The Blond-crested Woodpecker is found widely throughout Brazil, including a stronghold at the mouth of the Amazon River where sediment settles into islands. The biggest such fluvial island, Marajó, one of the largest river islands in the world.
The seasonally and tidally flooded island the size of Switzerland is a haven for everything from Squirrel Monkeys and the Crab-eating Fox to Capybaras and the Blond-crested Woodpecker (on the island’s southern section).
(Photo: Cristina Foster)
I believe that the more we watch, photograph, study and enjoy the Blond-crested Woodpecker, the better for the species, all birds, all wildlife and all humans.
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Torrent In The Rain
Today's hike along Hayward Lake was cut short due to monsoons. In a moment of clear skies and superior planning I packed the first-aid kit, bear repellant and a shell good enough to fend off a light sprinkle.
Just a few days of rain has pumped up volumes in local rivers to Spring levels as seen here at Steelhead Falls ...which I visited at the beginning; before I was soaked to the bone.
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It's amazing how adding a few simple fruits and nuts to salads and other veggie dishes can create a restaurant quality meal!