Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg


Conservation Status

The Pale-billed Woodpecker is not globally threatened. It is listed as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN and by BirdLife International, and as of only "medium" conservation priority by Parker et al. (1996).  This species is widely distributed, and through most of its range it is fairly common to common (Ridgely and Gwynne 1989, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Howell and Webb 1995, Hilty 2003).

This woodpecker requires large trees for foraging, however, and is disappears from areas that are deforested or heavily cut over.

Effects of human activity on populations

The Pale-billed Woodpecker requires forests with large trees for feeding and nesting. Although it will utilize forest edge, it disappears from areas following deforestation or heavy cutting of forests (Thurber et al. 1987, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Russell and Monson 1998).

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2009). Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.