Notice for readers: On March 31, Neotropical Birds will be integrated into the new Birds of the World, a powerful research database offering species accounts for every species on earth. Learn more at While Birds of the World is a subscription service, we remain committed to offering this content to Neotropical Birds contributors and to those unable to pay for it through our scholarship program. Stay tuned.

Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker Piculus callopterus


Found only in Panama, Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker has a small distribution. It inhabits the edges and interior of humid forests in the foothills, and is thought to be resident year-round. Little is known about the basic ecology of Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, but it does forage in understory or middle strata trees either by itself, or in pairs. These woodpeckers peck at tree trunks for ants and presumably other insects. Although similar in appearance to Rufous-winged Woodpecker (Piculus simplex), Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker has a dark eye, a narrow yellow cheek stripe, and heavier barring on its underparts.

Help complete this species

There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. There's a role for everyone!

Learn more


© Paul Coopmans

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

Recommended Citation

Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker (Piculus callopterus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: