Scale-breasted Woodpecker Celeus grammicus

  • © Anselmo d'Affonseca

The Scale-breasted Woodpecker forms a superspecies with the similar-looking Waved Woodpecker (Celeus undatus), and these two species generally replace one another across Amazonia, with the present species generally inhabiting forests south of the Amazon and west of the Rio Negro. It generally prefers tall forests, both on terra firme and in seasonally flooded areas, below 1000 m, and the species is frequently found in association with mixed-species flocks. Most of the body and wings are warm brown, barred darker, but the head is largely unmarked, appearing wholly plain in females, but with a red malar spot in males.

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© Bennett Hennessey

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

Recommended Citation

Scale-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus grammicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: