Golden-naped Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysauchen

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Ming Alexander and Carole S. Griffiths


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Golden-naped Woodpecker
eBird range map for Golden-naped Woodpecker

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Golden-naped Woodpecker is resident from southwestern Costa Rica (west to the Gulf of Nicoya) to western Panama (Pacific slope of Chiriqui and Veraguas). In Costa Rica it occurs locally up to 1500 m (Stiles and Skutch 1989), and it is reported up to 1200 m in Panama (Ridgely and Gwynne 1989).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Resident of humid lowland evergreen forest and forest forest; also in second growth and semi-open habitats, as forests are cleared (Wetmore 1968, Skutch 1969, Ridgely and Gwynne 1989, Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Alexander, M. and C. S. Griffiths (2012). Golden-naped Woodpecker (Melanerpes chrysauchen), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.