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27â€“30 cm (10Â½-11Â¾ in)
 Similar Species
Differs from similar Blond-crested Woodpecker in that Ochre-backed Woodpecker is smaller, has darker head, and pale barring on upperparts much broader and more broken up into scaling and dotting.
South America: Lower Amazonian Brazil (south of the Amazon in ParÃ¡); northeastern Brazil, from MaranhÃ£o south to northern GoÃas and east to CearÃ¡, Pernambuco, and western Bahia
This species is split from Blond-crested Woodpecker in accord with AOS-SACC (Proposals 742 and 793)
This species is monotypic:
Humid forest, savanna and scrub.
Their main diet consists of ants and termites, with the addition of some fruit.
They nest in tree holes, often utilising the nests of arboreal ants.
Loud tsew tsew, wee-wee-week, also well-spaced series of wheep notes.
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