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1 March 2003 Golden-fronted Woodpecker Provisions Nestlings with Small Mammal Prey
John D. Styrsky, Jennifer Nesbitt Styrsky
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Abstract

On 11 April 2002, in San Pedro, Belize, we observed a male Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons dubius) cache a mouse carcass and subsequently provision nestlings with tissue taken from it. During 12 min of observation, the male made seven trips with pieces of the carcass, taking pieces of muscle to the nestlings and consuming skin and connective tissue himself. This is the first published record of the consumption of mammalian prey by this species.

John D. Styrsky and Jennifer Nesbitt Styrsky "Golden-fronted Woodpecker Provisions Nestlings with Small Mammal Prey," The Wilson Bulletin 115(1), 97-98, (1 March 2003). https://doi.org/10.1676/02-065
Received: 14 June 2002; Accepted: 1 December 2002; Published: 1 March 2003
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