- Celeus flavescens
27â€“30 cm (10Â½-11Â¾ in)
- Black upperparts with narrow white or buff stripes
- Blond crest
- Red malar and cheek band
- Streaked black and white
- Lacks red malar stripe
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Differs from similar Ochre-backed Woodpecker in that Blond-crested Woodpecker has whitish-buff, not ochre-orange head color, pale barring on upperparts much narrower, and larger size.
South America: Eastern Brazil to eastern Bolivia and northeast Argentina.
There are 2 subspecies:
- Eastern Brazil (western Bahia to GoiÃ¡s and Minas Gerais)
C. f. ochraceus: Lower Amazonian and eastern Brazil south to eastern Bahia has been elevated to full species status as Ochre-backed Woodpecker.
Humid forest, savanna and scrub.
Their main diet consists of ants and termites, with the addition of some fruit.
They nest in tree holes, often utilising the nests of arboreal ants.
Resonant loud tsew or wee repeated up to seven times.
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Female subspecies C. f. flavescens
Photo © by Arthur Grosset
Linhares, EspÃrito Santo, Brazil
, March 2004
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Arthur Grosset
- Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy of Celeus woodpeckers
- Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2018). Blond-crested Woodpecker ('Celeus flavescens'). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/56281 on 25 November 2018).
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