Rufous Woodpecker feeding juvenile

Mark Chua’s photographs show a pair of Rufous Woodpeckers (Micropternus brachyurus) probing termites from a rotting tree to feed one of two juveniles. This woodpecker also feeds on ants and occasionally fruits like figs, nectar and plant sap.

The female lays a clutch of two eggs and usually both fledge.

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