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Golden-green Woodpecker

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Photo by birdclubPantanal, Brazil
Photo by birdclub
Pantanal, Brazil
Piculus chrysochloros


[edit] Identification

18–21 cm (7-8¼ in)
Male has a red crown and malar, which is lacking in the female

[edit] Distribution

FemalePhoto by Gerald FriesenDarien, Panama, February 2015
Photo by Gerald Friesen
Darien, Panama, February 2015

Central and South America: found from tropical eastern Panama to northern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

FemalePhoto by Xyko PaludoAraripe, CE, Brazil, July 2017
Photo by Xyko Paludo
Araripe, CE, Brazil, July 2017

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • P. c. xanthochlorus
  • P. c. capistratus
  • P. c. paraensis
  • P. c. laemostictus
  • eastern Peru and northern Bolivia east, south of the Amazon, to central Amazonian Brazil
  • P. c. chrysochloros
  • P. c. polyzonus
  • southeast Brazil (Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Minas Gerais)

[edit] Habitat

Chaco, open fields with bushes, mountain jungle.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of ants and termites. They forage singly, in pairs and in mixed species flocks.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in tree holes, though may also utilise arboreal insect nests.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)

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