Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Colaptes rivolii

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg

Diet and Foraging


Little information. Forages for arthropods along moss- and lichen-covered limbs. Stomach contents of three specimens included ants, a spider, a millipede, and a beetle larva (Short 1970). Also takes some fruit. "Preferred fruits are those of melastomes (Miconia spp.), and rubiacs (Colubrine spp.). Also frequently forages on the trunks and leaf stems of Cecropia, where they consume large quantities of small ants; and seen probing for termites low on rotting trunks at forest edge. Occasionally hops on ground at clearing edges, and feeds on ants or (once) large beetle larvae" (T. A. Parker III, unpublished). Also sometimes visits flowers of Puya and Espeletia (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2011). Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Colaptes rivolii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.