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Photo © by mmdnje
Copalinga Lodge, Bombuscaro, Ecuador, December 2007
Melanerpes cruentatus


19 cm (7½ in); two colour morphs

  • Broad pale eyering
  • Yellow tuft of feathers on the back of the head
  • Black overall plumage
  • White rump
  • Black and white barred flanks
  • Red belly
  • Yellow-tufted morph has a yellow line from eye to nape
  • Black-headed form lacks this yellow line

Male has a red crown


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Between Estadio municipal de Calzada and Morros de Calzada, Amazonas Department, Peru, November 2013

Tropical South America; from East Colombia to the Guianas, eastern Bolivia, north-eastern Brazil and Mato Grosso.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Rainforests. Also secondary growth and forest edges and isolated trees in clearings.



The diet consists of insects, particularly ants and also spiders. They also eat a lot of fruit and berries.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)
  3. Neotropical Birds

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