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Blond-crested Woodpecker

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Male subspecies C. f. flavescensPhoto © by Francisco PaludoJoinville, SC, Brazil,  3 June 2016
Male subspecies C. f. flavescens
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Joinville, SC, Brazil, 3 June 2016
Celeus flavescens


[edit] Identification

27–30 cm (10½-11¾ in)

  • Black upperparts with narrow white or buff stripes
  • Blond crest
  • Red malar and cheek band


  • Streaked black and white
  • Lacks red malar stripe

[edit] Similar Species

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.

Male subspecies C. f. intercedens Photo © by Rogerio Araújo DiasBrasilia, Brazil, 27 August 2006
Male subspecies C. f. intercedens
Photo © by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Brasilia, Brazil, 27 August 2006

[edit] Distribution

South America: Eastern Brazil to eastern Bolivia and northeast Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. f. intercedens:
  • Eastern Brazil (western Bahia to Goiás and Minas Gerais)
  • C. f. flavescens:

C. f. ochraceus: Lower Amazonian and eastern Brazil south to eastern Bahia has been elevated to full species status as Ochre-backed Woodpecker.

[edit] Habitat

Humid forest, savanna and scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of ants and termites, with the addition of some fruit.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in tree holes, often utilising the nests of arboreal ants.

[edit] Voice

Resonant loud tsew or wee repeated up to seven times.

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[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy of Celeus woodpeckers
  4. 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 on 25 November 2018).

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