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Ochre-backed Woodpecker Celeus ochraceus


Ochre-backed Woodpecker formerly was classified as a subspecies of Blond-crested Woodpecker (Celeus flavescens). Both species have a blond, crested head, and the males of both have a large red moustachial stripe, while females have a less prominent black moustache. The body plumage differs significantly, however: Blond-crested is mostly black, with a buffy rump, and narrow buff bars across the wings and the back; but in Ochre-backed, the underparts are dusky, although the feathers are tipped with cinnamon-buff, and the upperparts are predominately cinnamon-buff, spotted or streaked with blackish. Different as they are, these two species are reported to hybridize in eastern Brazil in EspĂ­rito Santo and southern Bahia. A further complication is that one subspecies of Blond-crested Woodpecker, intercedens, which occurs in the interior of eastern Brazil, is intermediate in appearance between the two. subspecies. Ochre-backed Woodpecker is a poorly known species of Celeus, although its biology probably is similar to that of other members of the genus.


© Bret Whitney

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

Recommended Citation

(2018). Ochre-backed Woodpecker (Celeus ochraceus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.