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Within the range, the combination of crimson underparts, dark upperparts lacking any white stripes, buffy stripes on side of head (and on neck in female), and the dark bill is unique.
 Similar species
Red-necked Woodpecker is probably the most similar woodpecker overlapping in range.
Central and South America
There are 2 subspecies:
Moist forests in lowlands and foothills.
Vocalizations include a descending series and drumming consists of two taps, the first one louder
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