Blood-colored Woodpecker Dryobates sanguineus

  • © Kester Clarke

Arguably the most remarkable and most distinctive of the genus Veniliornis, and one of the most restricted-range woodpeckers, the Blood-colored Woodpecker is confined to the coastal lowlands of the Guianas, where it is found in a variety of wooded habitats, including mangroves and plantations. The species is reasonably common, but relatively inconspicuous, as singles or pairs generally remain low above the ground, and are not especially vocal. The deep red upperparts, which extend over the head in males, contrast with the dark and pale-barred underparts, and are unique. Breeding may occur almost year-round, and both sexes share the nesting duties.

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© Davis Finch

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

Recommended Citation

Blood-colored Woodpecker (Dryobates sanguineus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: