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The southern race campestroides is commonly referred to as the Field Flicker.
At a first sight, can be mistaken with the Green-barred Woodpecker (Colaptes melanochloros), but after a better look they are easily separated by many characteristics.
This species has dark upperparts, including crown and tail, and paler belly. Breast, nape and auriculars are yellow, while the throat color varies according to the subspecies (see Taxonomy).
Males of this species, as well as in many other Colaptes species, have red malar regions. This characteristic is not present in females.
Two races are recognised:
The two races are sometimes considered different species.
It is found in cerrados (brushy areas), caatingas (dry woodland and scrub), savanna, grassland, pampas, plantantions, pastures, parks or even cities, which are mostly open areas. It is a species that takes advantage of deforestation where termites and ants, its favorite prey, invade low-grade and overgrazed pastures. Generally common.
Social and largely terrestrial. This species is commonly seen leaping on the ground in groups of about 8 or 10 individuals, searching for anthills.
Nest is typically in tree or dead stump, but sometimes in termite mound or earth bank.
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