Golden-naped Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysauchen

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

Diet and Foraging


The diet of Golden-naped Woodpecker is varied. They will chisel into decaying trunks and branches for grubs and beetles. They also capture insects on the wing; when winged broods of termites fills the air, these woodpeckers act as aerial flycatchers (Skutch 1948). Golden-naped Woodpeckers eat a variety of fruits, from the berries of melastomes, succulent bananas, and well-ripened plantains to the dry, green, pistillate spikes of the Cecropia tree and the hard fruits of pejibaye (Guilielma utilis). Golden-naped Woodpeckers also visit the nectar cups beneath the inflorescences of Marcgruvia, probably drinking nectar and capturing small insects (Skutch 1969).

Foraging Behavior

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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.