Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Black Rumped Flameback Woodpecker at Valparai’s Anaimalai Tiger Reserve

The forests of Valparai are excellent for birding. Most of the bird species seen here are endemic to the Western Ghats and their spread here is phenomenal.

Black Rumped Flameback (Lesser Golden-Backed) Woodpecker at Valparai - 1
A walk through the buffer zone of the Anaimalai tiger reserve that crisscrosses through Valparai throws up a lot such birding opportunities. Whistling and laughing thrushes, hornbills, woodpeckers and many more can be seen here quite regularly all throughout the year.

Black Rumped Flameback (Lesser Golden-Backed) Woodpecker at Valparai - 2
It was during such a walk that I saw a Black rumped flameback woodpecker. It is also known as the lesser golden-backed woodpecker. The bird is very colourful and pretty. Unfortunately, it was late in the evening and the woodpecker was jumping from tree to tree in the shade. Hence, I did not get good shots and had to make do with these. Hope I get better luck with the woodpeckers when I am next in Valparai.


  1. Sir
    The writeup on Black rumped woodpecker was good. The photographs were also good.

  2. the photos might not be as great as you would want them to be, but they are still wonderful! I have seen these woodpeckers, but have never managed to capture them on camera yet!

  3. Thank you! I am sure you will be able to capture such birds in your lens pretty soon :-)

  4. Vietnam Tour PackagesAugust 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Nice write ups and a beautiful shot of this lovely woodpecker. Some other time you'll surely got a better shot of this Black Rumped Flameback Woodpecker.

  5. nice photography.. i am in pollachi only. i seen some birds in Top Slip & paramibulam. But in Valparai its very rare to see the Birds. Nice Blog you have..Realy its so much useful for me.. Keep Rock and thanks :)

  6. Thank you!

    Prabhu, you see a whole lot of birds in Valparai, puduthotham tea estate and all the road from valparai to Athirampally falls.