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1 March 2016 Consumption of Müllerian Bodies by Golden-olive Woodpecker (Colaptes rubiginosus) in Nicaragua’s Highlands
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The Golden-olive Woodpecker is a generalist species found in a wide range of habitats, being particularly common in coffee plantations within Nicaraguan cloud forests. Observations of an individual feeding at the base of Cecropia leaves revealed it was consuming Müllerian bodies that the Cecropia produces to feed Azteca ants as part of a host-inhabitant mutualistic symbiosis. This record further documents the plasticity of some species as they search for alternative sources of energy.

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Marvin A. Tórrez, Wayne J. Arendt, and Luis Díaz "Consumption of Müllerian Bodies by Golden-olive Woodpecker (Colaptes rubiginosus) in Nicaragua’s Highlands," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128(1), 190-193, (1 March 2016). https://doi.org/10.1676/1559-4491-128.1.190
Received: 4 February 2015; Accepted: 1 July 2015; Published: 1 March 2016
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