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Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis

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

The Pale-billed Woodpecker is one of the largest and most spectacular woodpeckers in Central America. Found in lowland forests from northern Mexico south to western Panama, this species is fairly common throughout most of its range, but is not present in heavily deforested areas, and may now be extirpated from the northwestern limit of its reported distribution in Sonora, Mexico. The Pale-billed Woodpecker also overlaps geographically with the similarly-sized Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus), which has a greater affinity for forest edge.

Pale-billed Woodpecker, male © L. Kay


© David L. Ross, Jr.

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

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.