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Green-barred Woodpecker

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Alternative name: Golden-breasted Woodpecker

MalePhoto ©  by Celso Paris Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2015
Photo © by Celso Paris
Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2015
Colaptes melanochloros


[edit] Identification

27–30 cm
The male has a red malar while the female has a black malar. Both sexes are pale green with white on the sides of the head and red on the crown and nape while the forecrown is black. The upperparts are barred black while the underparts have black, heart-shaped spots.

[edit] Distribution

South America: this species has 5 subspecies which together occupy parts of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • C. m. melanochloros:
  • C. m. nattereri:
  • North-eastern Brazil to Bolivia (Santa Cruz)
  • C. m. melanolaimus Golden-breasted Woodpecker:
  • Arid upland valleys of central and southern Bolivia
A female of the melanolaimus groupPhoto © by luisrock62Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2005
A female of the melanolaimus group
Photo © by luisrock62
Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2005
  • C. m. nigroviridis:
  • Southern Bolivia to western Paraguay, northern Argentina and western Uruguay
  • C. m. leucofrenatus:
  • North-western and west-central Argentina (south to Neuquén and west Río Negro)

[edit] Habitat

A variety of habitats from forest to caatinga and desert scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists almost entirely of ants.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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