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Black-cheeked Woodpecker

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Male.  Photo by John Keep A male
Male. Photo by John Keep A male
Melanerpes pucherani



18.5 cm. Black upperparts, white barring on back, white spotting on wings, white rump, black tail with some white barring, underparts pale buff-olive, red central belly, black patch through eyes and on cheeks, yellow forehead,red nape, red crown in the male and black in the female.

Young birds are duller, have less white above and less red on the belly.


Southeast Mexico to western Ecuador.




Photo by John KeepFemale photographed at Hotel Gavilan near La Selva, Costa Rica
Photo by John Keep
Female photographed at Hotel Gavilan near La Selva, Costa Rica

Higher levels of wet forests, semi-open woodland and old second growth.



It nests in an unlined hole 6-30 m high in a dead tree. 2-4 glossy white eggs are laid and incubated by both sexes.


The diet includes insects, fruit and nectar.


The call is a rattling krrrrrl; both sexes drum on territory.

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