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White-spotted Woodpecker Dryobates spilogaster


The White-spotted Woodpecker is a fairly common constituent of mixed-species flocks in montane regions of the Atlantic Forest, although its overall altitudinal range spans both the lowlands and highlands, and this woodpecker ranges from southeast Brazil south to southeast Paraguay, northeast Argentina, and across Uruguay. It is a rather distinctive and reasonably well-named member of the genus Veniliornis, characterized by the dark olive-green upperparts, heavily spotted paler, the dark head marked by white supercilia and malar stripes (with a red crown in males), and dark olive underparts that are heavily spotted and barred paler. The species apparently breeds in the austral spring, like many bird species in this region of South America, but few details have been published to date.

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Recommended Citation

White-spotted Woodpecker (Dryobates spilogaster), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: