Red-necked Woodpecker Campephilus rubricollis

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: William S. Benish

Diet and Foraging


The Red-necked Woodpecker is known to feed in trees, mainly on larvae of large beetles and moths (Short 1982, Winkler et al. 1995: 347), also some fruit (Wiki Aves 2011), but the diet has not been studied in detail. Other members of the Campephilus genus are also reported to consume fruit in addition to insect larvae. This species has been observed cracking immature brazilnuts still hanging from trees, presumably for use as a food source (Peres and Baider 1997).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Benish, W. S. (2011). Red-necked Woodpecker (Campephilus rubricollis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.