True to name, Bar-bellied Woodpeckers are evenly barred on their underparts. They have a dusky cheek sandwiched by a white stripe above and below. These woodpeckers inhabit humid and wet forests, stunted woodlands, and occasionally Polylepis woods above treeline. They forage at all heights but are especially common in dense undergrowth. Although most often seen individually, Bar-bellied Woodpeckers sometimes travel in pairs, and even join mixed-species flocks as they forage under bark or in mossy clumps.