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Black-necked Woodpecker Colaptes atricollis


Black-necked Woodpeckers are barred above and below, boast a black throat and upper chest, and have a large whitish facial patch. They are endemic to the western slope of the Peruvian Andes where they inhabit wooded riparian areas, semi-arid cloudforests, montane and desert scrub, orchards, woodlands, plantations, and gardens; sometimes they are even found above treeline. These woodpeckers are rather local and are frequently inconspicuous as they forage for ants in dense vegetation. When seen, they are most often by themselves or in pairs.

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Recommended Citation

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