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Golden-collared Woodpecker Dryobates cassini

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The Golden-collared Woodpecker is the northeastern representative of a superspecies that covers virtually all of the northern two-thirds of South America (and southern Central America), and which also includes the Red-rumped Woodpecker (Veniliornis kirkii), the Choco Woodpecker (Veniliornis chocoensis), the Red-stained Woodpecker (Veniliornis affinis), and the Yellow-eared Woodpecker (Veniliornis maculifrons). In terms of its morphology, the present species is typical of this grouping, having densely barred underparts, a dark olive-green back and wings, a red crown (dark in females), and some yellow on the nape. The similarities between the different species have led the Golden-collared Woodpecker to sometimes be considered conspecific with either the Choco Woodpecker, or the Red-stained Woodpecker. The Golden-collared Woodpecker is generally found in evergreen forest regions, including more open terrain provided there are still some trees, across eastern Venezuela, the Guianas, and extreme northeast Brazil.

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Recommended Citation

Golden-collared Woodpecker (Dryobates cassini), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/gocwoo2