Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

An Okinawa woodpecker spotted while searching for food around the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area in Higashi Village, Takae on September 30 (Photograph provided by Takaya Kinra).


October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction of new helicopter landing pads (helipads) is scheduled in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA), which spans across Higashi Village and Kunigami Village. Around Arakawa dam, which neighbors the NTA, an Okinawa woodpecker, which has been declared a Special Natural Monument, was seen searching for food on September 30.

The bird sang as it looked for prey such as insects, moving from on tree to another. The Okinawa woodpecker is endemic to Okinawa Island. During the period from March to June, the bird builds a nest by digging a pit on perishing Castanopsis sieboldii.

(English translation by T&CT)

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