Alternative name: Golden-breasted Woodpecker
- 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.
There are 5 subspecies:
- 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)
A variety of habitats from forest to caatinga and desert scrub.
Their diet consists almost entirely of ants.
- 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/
- Arthur Grosset
- BF Member observations
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Green-barred Woodpecker. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 26 October 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Green-barred_Woodpecker