An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Piciformes - Woodpeckers    

Woodpeckers are well known birds found worldwide, and range in size from large species around 35 cm. to Piculets which measure only 9 cm. from head to tail.

Chestnut Pioulet
Chestnut Piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia
A 9 cm. miniature woodpecker found in the dry northern parts of Colombia and Venezuela.

Red-crowned Woodpecker
Red-crowned Woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia
The Red-crowned Woodpecker is commonly seen in its range, even inside cities.

Yellow-tufted Woodpecker
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker (Melanerpes cruentatus)
Villavicencio, Colombia
An Amazonian species.

Crimson-crested Woodpecker
Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) Female
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia
One of the largest species.

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Colaptes rivolii) Female
San Isidro Lodge, Ecuador
A beautifully colored species of the Andean cloud forests.

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