French: Pic à cou noir German: Graustirnspecht Spanish: Carpintero peruano
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. atricollis
(Malherbe, 1850) – W slope of Peruvian Andes from La Libertad and Ancash S to N Tacna.
C. a. peruvianus
(Reichenbach, 1854) – Marañón Valley S on E slope to W Huánuco.
26–27 cm; 73–90 g (atricollis). Male has dark grey forehead to hindcrown, feathers tipped red on forehead and crown side, occasionally over entire crown... read more
Short repeated “peah” and “chypp”, mainly in alarm; loud clear “wic” in long series, similar to but... read more
Arid to semi-arid areas in dry cloudforest, montane scrub with large cacti, desert scrub, and... read more
Food and feeding
Ants and their larvae and pupae. Usually singly or in pairs. Essentially arboreal, but also forages near or on ground, often among bushes.... read more
Probably Jun–Jul, and Sept (Marañón Valley), although in Ica, in one nest chicks were fledged both in Mar and in Jul... read more
Resident. Presumably some altitudinal movements may sometimes occur.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon generally; locally somewhat more common. A little-known scrubland woodpecker restricted to Peruvian Andes. Observed... read more
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