22 Aug 2018

Arabian Woodpecker - Tanoumah

Whilst birding the Tanoumah area of the Asir mountains, north of Abha recently I photographed an Arabian Woodpecker Dendrocopos doraeat. The Arabian Woodpecker is an uncommon but widespread resident of the south-west highlands, where birds are usually associated with acacia trees but can be found in a variety of wooded habitats. It is classified as near threatened on the IUCN Red List 2018 as it has a population estimate of >10,000 mature individuals, however, the population is still considered to be relatively small and is decline owing to cutting and lopping of trees for charcoal, firewood and fodder, in parts of its range. They are often located by their loud call, but are difficult to see in tall trees as they stay well hidden in vegetation and close to tree branches and trucks.
Arabian Woodpecker - Dendrocopos doraeat

Arabian Woodpecker - Dendrocopos doraeat

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