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Campephilus gayaquilensis

Guayaquil Woodpecker

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae

Authors: Sedgwick, Carolyn W.

Campephilus gayaquilensis

Ecuador; 12 September 2007 © Joel N. Rosenthal

The Guayaquil Woodpecker is declining and is currently classified as “near threatened.” Extensive deforestation for agriculture combined with heavy understory grazing is lessening the amount of suitable habitat available for these resident birds. Guayaquil Woodpeckers inhabit humid and dry forests, tall second growth, and mangroves where pairs or small groups often forage together on tree trunks; little is known about their actual diet. The brownish black upperparts of this woodpecker help distinguish it from the Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) in areas of overlap.

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Recommended Citation

Sedgwick, Carolyn W.. 2011. Guayaquil Woodpecker (Campephilus gayaquilensis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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