Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani)


Taxonomy

French: Pic de Pucheran German: Schläfenfleckspecht Spanish: Carpintero centroamericano
Taxonomy:

Zebrapicus Pucherani

Malherbe

, 1849,

Tobago; error = Colombia

.

Sometimes placed in Tripsurus, with M. cruentatus, M. flavifrons, M. chrysauchen and M. pulcher. Thought to be closest to M. chrysauchen (with pulcher). Alternatively, at times, placed in Centurus. N populations sometimes separated as race perileucus, with supposed tendency towards stronger white barring on upperparts and wings, but much overlap with S populations and racial separation seems inappropriate. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Mexico (Veracruz, Chiapas) S to W Colombia and W Ecuador (S to El Oro; may occur also in W Loja) and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes)#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 17–19 cm; 42–68 g. Male has golden-yellow forehead, red crown and nape, variable amount of black at side of forecrown (and often some white feathers at front... read more

Voice

Commonest call a series of c. 4 short rattling trills on same pitch, “churrr, churrr, churrr,... read more

Habitat

Humid and wet evergreen forest, forest borders, scattered tall trees in clearings, and old... read more

Food and feeding

Spiders, termites, beetles, grubs, ants, caterpillars, and aerial insects. Also eats large quantities of plant material, including fruits,... read more

Breeding

Mar–Jul. Nest-hole 4–30 m up in dead trunk (including of palm) or branch, in one case cavity 35 cm deep, entrance hole 10 × 8... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common throughout range. Occurs in several protected areas, including Tikal National Park (Guatemala), Braulio Carrillo and Cahuita... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/56160 on 23 May 2017).