Beautiful Woodpecker Melanerpes pulcher

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This species has frequently been lumped with the Golden-naped Woodpecker (Melanerpes chrysauchen) of southern Central America, but in addition to being geographically isolated is also reasonably distinctive in plumage (especially females of the two species). It is confined to north-central Colombia in the Magdalena Valley, where it replaces the Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani) in drier areas of woodland, and it has been recorded at altitudes between 400 and 1500 m. Compared to the latter species, the Golden-naped Woodpecker has more white on the mantle, but lacks any white on the otherwise black wings, while both sexes have a golden nape patch below the red crown.

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  • Migration
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Recommended Citation

Beautiful Woodpecker (Melanerpes pulcher), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: