Woodpeckers in modified dipterocarp forests in Sub-Himalayan India: investigating habitat relationships and survey methods

Raman Kumar

Woodpeckers, although studied in detail in Europe and North America, still haven't been researched in tropical Asia, especially India. Since woodpeckers are strongly dependent on forests, their abundance and interspecies proportion show strong linkages with any forms of forest alteration. The main aim of the current project was to study woodpecker communities in forests modified by past management in western sub-Himalayan India, a region where at least 15 woodpecker species are known to occur together.