Yellow-throated Woodpecker Piculus flavigula

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The Yellow-throated Woodpecker exhibits reasonably well-marked geographical variation across its rather broad range, over much of Amazonia, and more locally in the east Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Three subspecies are usually recognized of which only the western and southern taxon shows a completely yellow throat; that in the Atlantic Forest has a red throat, leading to suggestions that it might better be treated as a separate species, and that over the rest of Amazonia has an obvious red malar streak. The Yellow-throated Woodpecker inhabits a variety of forest types, usually in lowland regions, and appears to regularly join mixed-species foraging flocks. Surprisingly little has been published concerning the species’ ecology and behavior, given its wide range and general abundance.

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

Recommended Citation

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