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Strange Tails

We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust

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Pale-crested Woodpecker

Pale-crested Woodpecker

Celeus lugubris

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We first saw this beautiful woodpecker in the woods called Monte Grande in Sept 2014.  It stayed around for about a week and then we did not see it again until about the same time this year.

The male has a predominantly dark brown back with pale flecks. The rump is pale yellow and the tail feathers are black with chestnut coverts.  Underparts are dark brown. The face is black with a large red malar and brown lores, and the majority of its head is covered in a straw coloured crest with a peak. It is medium sized at about 23cm.

Eyes are a chestnut brown surrounded by a bluish eye-ring.

The female is similar but lacks the large red malar and instead has brownish cheeks.

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