French: Pic à bec clair German: Königspecht Spanish: Picamaderos piquiclaro
Subspecies and Distribution
C. g. nelsoni
(Ridgway, 1911) – W Mexico from S Sonora S to Oaxaca.
C. g. regius
Reichenbach, 1854 – E Mexico from Tamaulipas S to Veracruz.
C. g. guatemalensis
(Hartlaub, 1844) – Veracruz, Chiapas and Yucatán Peninsula to W Panama.
31–38 cm; 205–244 g (guatemalensis), 263–282 g (regius). Male has entire head and short bushy crest red, usually slightly darker on rear... read more
Loud bleating “kint”, similar to that of C. principalis; loud nasal rattle,... read more
Humid and dry forest and edge, clearings with scattered trees, also tall second growth, plantations... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mostly larvae of wood-boring beetles (frequently Cerambycidae), scarabaeid larvae and ant larvae, comprise more than 70% of diet;... read more
Jan–May in Mexico and N Central America, and Aug–Dec farther S. Paired throughout year. Crest-raising display. Nest a deep... read more
Resident; possibly some local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; widespread in suitable habitats. Locally common in wholly or partly forested areas, but infrequent in extensively deforested... read more
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