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Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: M. L. Chazarreta and V. Ojeda

Although there are woodpeckers throughout most of the Neotropics, perhaps none is as awe-inspiring as the Magellanic Woodpecker, which is an endemic species of the austral temperate forest. The large size, simple and elegant color pattern, as well as the curly and expressive crest of the female strongly suggest the extinct or nearly extinct Imperial (Campephilus imperialis) and Ivory-billed (C. principalis) woodpeckers. Magellanic Woodpeckers make their presence known with a loud double drum "ta-dap!" that carries for a long distance in the old-growth, moss-laden temperate forests that they inhabit in Chile and Argentina. Other vocalization include various nasal notes, both soft and loud. Often the Magellanic Woodpecker is found in pairs or family groups of three and sometimes four individuals; the third and fourth birds are young of previous years and different ages, since these woodpeckers produce only one nestling per breeding season. Magellanic Woodpeckers have a large home-range, making them rather hard to find in the field.


© Martjan Lammertink

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Chazarreta, M. L. and V. Ojeda (2011). Magellanic Woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.