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Spot-breasted Woodpecker Colaptes punctigula


The Spot-breasted Woodpecker is found in a wide variety of habitats such as rainforest, deciduous and gallery forest, mangroves, swamp edges, llanos, scrub, and moriche palm groves. It occurs throughout Amazonia, the Guyanas, Venezuela and Northern Colombia and is well differentiated geographically with six subspecies varying in size, degree of breast speckling and other subtle characters.  The Spot-breasted Woodpecker has a superficial resemblance to the Golden-olive Woodpecker (Piculus rubiginosus), which is about the same size and has a similar facial pattern; but the Golden-Olive Woodpecker is strongly banded below, and has unbanded upperparts. Although widespread, the Spot-breasted Woodpecker rarely is very common.

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Recommended Citation

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