Banded Woodpecker picking ants

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Jason Cho sent this image of a Banded Woodpecker (Picus miniaceus) picking ants from a tree.

This bird is a common resident in Singapore. It forages on living tree stems and branches as well as dead ones, tapping and probing in search of various insects and their larvae. Ants are a favourite food and if there is a nest around, the woodpecker will also take the pupae and eggs.

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