Waved Woodpecker Celeus undatus


A typical member of the genus Celeus, the Waved Woodpecker forms a superspecies with the Scaly-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus grammicus), which by and large replaces it to the south and west. The present species is represented by three subspecies across its relatively small range, which encompasses eastern Venezuela, the Guianas, and extreme northeast Brazil, as far south as the lower Rio Tocantins drainage. The Waved Woodpecker is fundamentally a brown bird, barred black over the back and wings, and more scaled below, with an obvious red malar patch and a paler head. It inhabits dense tropical evergreen forest, although locally the species also ranges into savanna areas, and is usually found in the treetops.

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

Recommended Citation

Waved Woodpecker (Celeus undatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wavwoo1