Checkered Woodpecker Dryobates mixtus


The Checkered Woodpecker is a widespread but generally very localized bird, being found from central Argentina northwards across Bolivia, Paraguay and much of the Brazilian Cerrado, north almost to the Amazon, in southern Pará state. In the past, some authors have suggested that this species might be conspecific with the Striped Woodpecker (Picoides lignarius), which is also largely confined to South America’s so-called ‘Southern Cone’. The Checkered Woodpecker is a typical member of its genus in its morphology, with largely dark, white-spotted upperparts, and white underparts, variably streaked with blackish, while males have a relatively small red crown-patch; four subspecies are generally recognized, although not all are perhaps valid, principally based on the ground colour of the upperparts, and the amount and extent of streaking below. The species is usually found in semi-open woodland, including riparian areas, usually foraging alone or in pairs, which keep low above the ground.

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

Recommended Citation

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