A typical bar-backed Melanerpes, Hoffmann’s Woodpecker is largely creamy below and on the head, with a dark gray back and black wings, both heavily barred in white, while the nape is golden yellow; males also have a small red crown patch. Like many Melanerpes, this woodpecker has proved itself able to adapt to human-modified habitats. Indeed, it shuns dense forest, preferring semiopen wooded country, especially in xeric areas. It ranges from sea level to over 2000 m elevation. Consequently, despite being restricted to the Pacific slope of Central America, from Honduras south to Costa Rica, Hoffmann’s Woodpecker is not perceived to be threatened by deforestation. The breeding season occupies much of the first half of the year, and the species is double-brooded.