Golden-naped Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysauchen

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


A frequent call of Golden-naped Woodpecker is a resonant churr with a peculiar, pleasant quality; this call often is given with a deep bow (Skutch 1969). This call becomes lower and drier when the bird is agitated (Skutch 1969). Another call is "a short, loud, rattling or laughing trill, 3-5 times in rapid succession on the same pitch" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Nestlings utter a "sharp, buzzy squeak, or a loud sizzling sound" (Skutch 1969).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Golden-naped Woodpecker can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

Both sexes drum occasionally; the drum is described as "a short tatoo" (Skutch 1969).

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.