- Melanerpes hoffmannii
- Upperparts and wings barred black and white
- White rump
- Pale buffish-grey underparts
- Yellow central belly patch
- Red crown
- White forehead
- Yellow nape
- White crown and forehead
- Yellow nape
Young birds: duller, less white upperparts and less yellow on the belly
At Tarcoles River in Costa Rica, this species adjoins the very similar Red-crowned Woodpecker. In a narrow region around this river and somewhat to the south, the birds have orange in the rear of their necks, indicating some hybrid origin.
Deciduous open woodland.
The nest hole is unlined and high in a dead tree. The 2 or 3 glossy white eggs are incubated by both adults.
The diet includes insects, often extracted from decaying wood, and fruit and nectar.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Garrigues and Dean 2007. The birds of Costa Rica - a field guide. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Hoffmann's Woodpecker. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 September 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Hoffmann%27s_Woodpecker