White Woodpecker Melanerpes candidus


The White Woodpecker is a distinctive inhabitant of lightly wooded savannas and grasslands and forest edge of central South American. It occurs from extreme southeastern Peru east to northeastern Brazil and south to Argentina.  The White Woodpecker has a white head and white underparts, set off with yellow patches on the hindneck and belly; there is a black stripe that extends from the rear of the eye to the mantle; and has black wings and tail.   The White Woodpecker typically forages in groups of 5 to 8 individuals, sometimes in mixed species flocks with members of the woodpecker genus Colaptes.  An arboreal species, the White Woodpecker feeds predominantly on fruits and seeds, but will also feed on insects.  White Woodpeckers occasionally open bee nests to get at the honey and insects within.    

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Recommended Citation

White Woodpecker (Melanerpes candidus), 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/whiwoo1