French: Pic roux German: Kastanienspecht Spanish: Carpintero castaño
no locality = Veracruz, Mexico
E Mexico (from S Veracruz and N Oaxaca) S to W Panama.
c. 23–25 cm; 80–105 g. Male has broad red band from bill base back to lower cheeks, red feather tips around eye, and sometimes along crown side; rest of head... read more
Sibilant descending whistle, “peew” or “kheeu”, often followed by 2–... read more
Prefers dense humid evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, tall second growth; also forest edge, and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly ants and termites (Isoptera), and other insects; some fruit, and arillate seeds (e.g. Stemmadenia), possibly also... read more
Mar–Jun, sometimes Aug, in N of range; Feb–Jul in Costa Rica and Panama. Nest excavated by both sexes, 4–21 m up in soft... read more
Some seasonal movements; wanders into coastal scrub and mangrove in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in Mexico, less common farther S. Occurs in several protected areas, including Finca La Selva (Costa Rica). Alleged to cause... read more
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