Paper Title: Observations on foraging behaviour of Rufous-headed Woodpecker Celeus spectabilis in the Ecuadorian Amazon
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The Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Celeus spectabilis, was previously thought to be a bamboo specialist, but has now been recorded foraging for ants in Cecropia trees – far from any bamboo! The Woodpecker was observed drilling holes into the Cecropia to extract ants which live inside the tree – the first time such behaviour has been documented. This observation of novel foraging behaviour in the poorly-studied Rufous-headed Woodpecker occurred in the Sani Reserve, Ecuador.
Authors: Mangini G, Thomas O
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