A characteristic bird of open country, the Campo Flicker occupies savanna and scrubland; it has a few isolated populations in northeastern South America and in Amazonia, and is widespread in central South America. These woodpeckers are characterized by their black forehead, red and black malar, dark brown upperparts, and barred underparts. Campo Flickers feed almost exclusively on the ground, walking or hopping along the ground in search of termites, ants and beetles. They sometimes forage in flocks. Campo Flickers have been known to hammer open the large mounds made by terrestrial termites to get at the insects within.