Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Chilean Flicker (Colaptes pitius)


Taxonomy

French: Pic du Chili German: Bänderspecht Spanish: Carpintero pitío
Taxonomy:

Picus Pitius

Molina

, 1782,

Chile

.

Plumage characters#R and recent phylogenetic analysis#R indicate that this species and C. rupicola are sisters. Birds in S Argentina named as race cachinnans on basis of proportionately shorter tail, but differences insignificant. Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & S Chile (Coquimbo S to C Magallanes) and adjacent SW Argentina (Neuquén S to W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

c. 30 cm; 100–163 g. Male has dark slate-grey forehead to nape, blacker at sides, nape rarely with hint of red; buffish lores, area around eye and ear-coverts, buffish... read more

Voice

Distinct repeated “piteéu”; whistled variable “kwee”, singly or in series, louder and more raucous... read more

Habitat

Inhabits woodland and open wooded country, including open areas within Nothofagus forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Almost exclusively ants and their brood; other items, such as scorpions (Scorpiones) and grubs, occasionally taken. Roves about in noisy... read more

Breeding

Reported in Oct–Dec. Known displays are head-swinging, bobbing with tail-spreading. Nest excavated in dead tree or stub, or in bank;... read more

Movements

Resident; possibly nomadic to some extent.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally rather common, though few data available. Occurs in Cerro La Campana, Nahuelbuta and Vicente Pérez Rosales National Parks (Chile); recorded... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Chilean Flicker (Colaptes pitius). 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/56271 on 18 October 2017).