Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Connor Rosenblatt


Conservation Status

Due to the very large range occupied by this species, it is listed as a species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. Despite the fact that the population seems to be decreasing, the rate of decline is not so steep as to approach the threshold for becoming a Vulnerable species (BirdLife International 2012).

The relative abundance of Crimson-crested Woodpecker often is assessed as fairly common (Colombia, Hilty and Brown 1986; Venezuela, Hilty 2003; Ecuador, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a; Peru, Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Effects of human activity on populations

Deforestation has been the largest effect humans have had on this bird, as this species regularly loses 16.7-19.3% of suitable habitat about every 15 years. Human deforestation has cut down many of the open, continuous forests that this species requires. As a result of deforestation, this species is ultimately declining (Bird Life International 2012).

Recommended Citation

Rosenblatt, C. (2012). Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.