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Helmeted Woodpecker

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MalePhoto by Xyko Paludo[Peritiba, SC, Brazil, September 2017
Photo by Xyko Paludo
[Peritiba, SC, Brazil, September 2017
Celeus galeatus


[edit] Identification

27–28 cm (10½-11 in)

  • Red head with long crest
  • Cinnamon forehead, lores and ear-coverts

[edit] Distribution

Patchily distributed in South America.
Found in south Brazil, Paraguay and North Argentina. Has been observed several times there near Misiones and in East Paraguay in the 1990s after a long gap since 1954.

Due to the difficulty of observing this species when it's not calling, it may be overlooked and is possibly more widespread than believed. The high rates of ongoing deforestation in its range is clearly putting this species at risk of extinction.

[edit] Taxonomy

FemalePhoto by Xyko PaludoPeritiba, SC, Brazil, September 2017
Photo by Xyko Paludo
Peritiba, SC, Brazil, September 2017

This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly placed in the genus Dryocopus.

[edit] Habitat

A variety of forests, including tall montane, primary and disturbed forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They search for beetle larvae underneath bark.

[edit] Breeding

Nests in a dead tree or a large dead branch of a live tree, often a member of the genus Nectandra.

[edit] Gallery

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[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. Lammertink &Klawins 2012. Ornithologia Neotropical 23: 455=460
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)

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