Birds from the lens of a cricketer – 4

These two birds (Flame back woodpecker & Painted stork) came my way this week and wished to perch in my blog. So, furthering into the series, here they are, these two birds, while the earlier six birds continue to take rest in the blog pages below:

Birds from the lens of a cricketer.  –  Grey heron & Red Munia

Birds from the lens of a cricketer-2 – Spotted thick knee & Pied Kingfisher

Birds from the lens of a cricketer – 3 – White belled sea eagle & Brahminy kite.

My co-brother Shashank has pulled both them behind the frames and I have collated the information of these birds from Wikipedia and other relevant articles from bird enthusiasts and my sincere thanks to their articles.

1. Flame back woodpecker – The black-rumped flameback belongs to the family of woodpecker which is widely found distributed in the Indian subcontinent and also can be noticed in the urban areas.

The woodpecker is around 30 cm in length and is normally seen in pairs or small parties and sometimes joins other species to flock together. The golden yellow wing coverts are distinctive and the rump is black with the head being whitish with a black nape.

This species has a straight pointed bill, a stiff tail to provide support against tree trunks and interestingly with two toes pointing forward, and two backward.



Its call is loud, harsh, chattering laugh uttered mostly when flying. They largely feed on insects mainly beetle larvae, termite mounds and sometimes nectar.

They adapt well in human-modified habitats making use of artificial constructions fallen fruits and even food scraps and their nest hole is usually excavated by the birds and has a horizontal entrance and descends.


2. Painted Stork – This bird is mainly found in the plains of tropical Asia, Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

It is medium-sized bird around 102 cm tall and weighs 2–3.5 kg. The painted stork is widely distributed over the plains of Asia. They prefer freshwater wetlands in all seasons, but also use irrigation canals and crop fields, particularly flooded rice fields during the monsoon.


They fly with their neck outstretched and are mostly silent but clatter their bills at nest making some harsh croaking or low moaning sounds. They generally immerse their half open beaks in water sweeping them from side to side to catch their prey of small fish. They also stir the water with their feet to flush out fish from their hiding.


These birds feed in groups in shallow wetlands, crop fields and irrigation canals. They walk slowly and also disturb the water with their feet to flush fish and also sometimes consume frogs and snakes occasionally.


These birds when in captivity are known to live for as long as 28 years. Birds raised as chicks or pets are known to be tame and docile, even responding to their names when called. Painted stork nesting colonies often become centres of tourist attraction due to their large size and color.

Well, that’s it from now from the bird kingdom.

I thank both these birds coming our way & I appreciate Shashank’s effort for the nice photos of these birds.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Indira says:

    Good pictures and informative write up! 🙂


    1. darknite says:

      Thanks a lot Indira Madam


  2. jyo says:

    Beautiful shots 📷📷 and nice info too✌✌


    1. darknite says:

      Thanks Jyo for the comments


    1. darknite says:

      Thank you Eliza, appreciate the read and your comment


  3. Lovely pictures, Ravi and good info too.


    1. darknite says:

      thank you Madam


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