Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Magellanic Woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus)


Taxonomy

French: Pic de Magellan German: Magellanspecht Spanish: Picamaderos de Magallanes
Taxonomy:

Picus Magellanicus

P. P. King

, 1827,

Straits of Magellan

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andes of S Chile from Curico to SW Isla Grande (Tierra del Fuego), and in forested parts of adjacent SW Argentina.

Descriptive notes

36–38 cm; male 312–363 g, female 276–312 g. Large, distinctive woodpecker. Male has entire head and long crest red, normally some black and white bars of... read more

Voice

Most common calls explosive, nasal, of 2 notes, “pi-caá” to “keé-... read more

Habitat

Mature Nothofagus forest and Nothofagus-Cupressus forest, often with... read more

Food and feeding

Grubs and adult beetles. Food items delivered to nestlings in Argentine Patagonia included wood-boring larvae (57·6%), arachnids (13... read more

Breeding

Oct–Jan. Crest-raising a common display. Nest-hole excavated at 5–15 m above ground, in large tree with dead parts, entrance... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not uncommon; perhaps locally common; probably decreasing. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Nahuelbuta, Vicente Pérez Rosales, Torres... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Magellanic Woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus). 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/56300 on 25 May 2017).