Friday, June 17, 2016

Invasive Gecko

The house gecko (Hemidactylus sp) is a common sighting around Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas. As shown in the photo, it has become part of the diet of the West Indian Woodpecker (Melanerpes superciliaris). A substantial source of protein for the hatchlings waiting inside the nest, and potentially a change in foraging behavior in the woodpecker. I observed the woodpecker searching for geckos in the palm fronds and tossing them to the ground, immediately flying down to capture the geckos. 
Male West Indian Woodpecker 

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