The genus Hemicircus has only 2 species including this wonderful Grey-and-buff Woodpecker H. concretus. The male displays its scarlet triangular crest with great pomp with the female no less respondent in all grey. While at Tabin Wildlife Reserve many years ago I observed a pair of them excavating a series of holes on a dead branch. At that time I had never heard of group roosting of these woodpeckers so I thought it was rather smart of this little birds to make some false cavities to fool would be predators. And of course I admired their great industry.
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The White-bellied Woodpecker Dryocopus javensis is loud and unmistakable. For now it is still fairly common in lowland and mangrove forests. With its preference for foraging on dead trees, reduction of habitat with corresponding decline in food sources and suitable nesting holes must surely be a problem for this species. Usually in pairs or family parties.
Due the ambiguous status of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (S.E. United States), the Great Slaty Mulleripicus pulverulentus lays claim to the title of the world’s largest woodpecker. Usually in pairs or family groups, this bird forages in the upper canopy of lowland primary forest and at times in riverine forest. When in flight or moving around tree branches, it utters a loud and bubbly call. Found in S.E. Asia to eastern Himalayas.