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Crimson Crested Woodpecker

Crimson Crested Woodpecker - Campephilus melanoleucos
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Bird name: Crimson Crested Woodpecker
Latin: Campephilus melanoleucos
Other: Br: Pica-pau-de-topete-vermelho • Es: picamaderos barbinegro, carpintero marcial • Fr: Pic de Malherbe
Family: PicidaeWoodpeckers
Range: Panama to northern Argentina
Similar: Lineated Woodpecker

The Crimson-crested Woodpecker is a large woodpecker, similar-looking to the Lineated Woodpecker. One main difference is that the two white stripes on its back are narrow and converge in a v, unlike those of the Lineated Woodpecker which are widely spaced.

The Crimson-crested Woodpecker male (further below) has a mostly red head, with a black and white “badge” on the ear coverts. The female (above and below) has a broad white stripe on face and black forehead. Throat black, underside swirly stripes.

Below, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Canopy Tower, Central Panama.
Crimson Crested Woodpecker - Campephilus melanoleucos

Below, male Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Central Panama.
Crimson Crested Woodpecker - Campephilus melanoleucos

Below, white back stripes close together on Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Central Panama.
Crimson Crested Woodpecker - Campephilus melanoleucos

Below, white back stripes slightly separated on Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Pantanal.
Crimson Crested Woodpecker - Campephilus melanoleucos

Below, white back stripes almost touching, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Napo, Ecuador.
Crimson Crested Woodpecker - Campephilus melanoleucos
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