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Green-barred Woodpecker - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Golden-breasted Woodpecker

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


27–30 cm (10½-11¾ in)
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.


A female of the melanolaimus group
Photo © by luisrock62
Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2005

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



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
  • 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)


Female, subspecies leucofrenatus
Photo © by Stanley Jones
El 44 Reserva Natural de Tiempo Libre, Capilla del Monte, Córdoba Province, Argentina, October 2019

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



Their diet consists almost entirely of ants.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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