Hoffmann's Woodpecker Melanerpes hoffmannii

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Luis Sandoval

Diet and Foraging


The diet of Hoffmann’s Woodpecker is composed mainly by arthropods that obtained digging into decaying branches and trunks. They also eat a variety of fruits such as Ficus sp. (Moraceae), Cecropia sp. (Moraceae), Stemmadenia sp. (Apocynaceae), Acnistus sp. (Solanaceae), and bananas. These woodpeckers also drink nectar from large flowers such as the exotic Spathodea campanulata (Bignoniaceae), or from native species such as Ochroma sp. (Malvaceae) or Tabebuia sp. (Bignoniaceae). Hoffmann's Woodpecker also has been observed eating the eggs of other birds (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Sandoval et al. 2008).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Sandoval, L. (2013). Hoffmann's Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.hofwoo1.01