Red-stained Woodpeckers have light brown upperparts with red splotching on the wings. They inhabit tall rainforests, humid terra firme forests, forest clearings with scattered trees, second growth, and scrubby areas. Individuals or pairs often join mixed-species flocks and drill wood for insects in the middle and upper levels of the forest. They also enjoy eating fruit. These woodpeckers often accompany army ant swarms with the hopes of catching arthropods stirred up by the ants.