Black-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes pucherani

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This woodpecker occupies a reasonably broad range, principally over the Caribbean slope of Middle America, where it is found from southern Mexico south to Panama, thence south through the Pacific lowlands of northwest South America to western Ecuador. Its altitudinal range covers elevations from around sea level to c.1500 m. The Black-cheeked Woodpecker appears to form a superspecies with the Golden-naped Woodpecker (Melanerpes chrysauchen) and the recently split Beautiful Woodpecker (Melanerpes pulcher). Unlike these two species, the Black-cheeked Woodpecker has virtually the entire crown red (in males) or black and red (females), and the black wings are barred with white. All three species have mainly barred underparts.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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