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Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S.
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Diet and Foraging

Diet

The diet of the Pale-billed Woodpecker has not been studied in detail. Apparently the most common food items are the large larvae of wood-boring beetles (especially of the families Cerambycidae and Scarabeidae), which make up at least 70% of the diet (Winkler and Christie 2002). These beetles also are fed to the young (Short 1982). Skutch (1969) reported that these woodpeckers also may consume termites (Skutch 1969).

The Pale-billed Woodpecker also consumes some fruit. Skutch (1969) reported a male eating small, black berries of an unidentified melastome tree.

In captivity, this species was maintained for up to two years on a diet of mealworms, supplemented with an occasional grape or raisin (Throp 1957).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S.(2009).Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/pabwoo1