Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis

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

Diet and Foraging


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, 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.