Powerful Woodpecker Campephilus pollens

  • © Stephen G. Davis

The Powerful Woodpecker is a resident of the Andes, from central Colombia to Peru. These beautiful woodpeckers have a black head, hindneck, mantle, scapulars, upper back and tail with a black barred cinnamon colored lower breast and a white band that descends from the lores down the neck to the sides of the breast. White is also found on the lower back, rump, and the tips of the primaries. Male Powerful Woopeckers have a bright red forehead and crest. These large woodpeckers are often found in pairs in a variety of habitat types including mature montane forest, wet forest and cloudforest. Although not globally threatened, the Powerful Woodpecker is not often seen, and requires a very large home range.

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© Tom Schulenberg

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

Recommended Citation

Powerful Woodpecker (Campephilus pollens), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/powwoo1