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The Woodpecker of Manu

Posted by Arturo Alva on Jun 3, 2016 2:30:00 PM


Manu, one of the largest tropical parks in South America is located in the South East region of Peru, in the last Andean foothills of Cusco and Madre de Dios’ jungle.

A place where you can find the wood bird lover. The  lineated  woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus), is also called red crested woodpecker and royal woodpecker.

The lineated  woodpeckers measured 31.5 to 36 cm long. Adults are almost black with a tuft of red feathers on the head and whitish stripes ranging from the base of the beak to the shoulders. Males and females take turns to incubate between 2-3 hours during the day, but only the males incubate at nights.

His singing is high, repetitive and fast uic-uic-uic. Both genders drummed on tree trunks. Usually they make holes on trunks of trees to search for insects. They mainly eat insects, especially ants, beetles and their larvae, plus some seeds, for example Heliconia, fruits and nuts.

Find them out in your excursion to Manu. Its knocks in the trees will caught your attention and you'll be able to take lots of pictures. Visit the Manu National Park!

By Arturo Alva

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