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Gray-crowned Woodpecker Colaptes auricularis

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Cara Thompson and C. J. Beardmore

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


One vocalization (a "song"?) of Gray-crowned Woodpecker is "a rapid, shrill, churring rattle" (Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Other vocalizations include "a sharp, slightly explosive kea'ah [and] a gruff mewing growh" (Howell and Webb 1995).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Gray-crowned Woopecker can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

The drum of Gray-crowned Woodpecker is short and rapid.

Recommended Citation

Thompson, C. and C. J. Beardmore (2014). Gray-crowned Woodpecker (Colaptes auricularis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.