Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros


The Green-barred Woodpecker is a widespread inhabitant of eastern and southern South America. General this woodpecker is yellowish-green with barred wing coverts and rump, and sports a black forehead with a red hindcrown; the three southern subspecies, which formerly were considered a separate species ("Golden-breasted" Woodpecker), are larger with whiter bellies.  These woodpeckers inhabit a variety of habitats from lowland forest to Andean desert scrub.  Green-barred Woodpeckers feed almost exclusively on ants, but also consume some cactus fruits and berries.  Most often found foraging in the lower and middle sections of trees, Green-barred Woodpeckers can at times be seen in groups with the larger and more wary Campo Flicker (Colaptes campestris) feeding on ants on the ground.

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Recommended Citation

Green-barred Woodpecker (Colaptes melanochloros), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: