Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Scaly-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus grammicus)


Taxonomy

French: Pic de Verreaux German: Gelbflankenspecht Spanish: Carpintero rojizo
Taxonomy:

Picus grammicus

Natterer and Malherbe

, 1845,

Marabitanas, upper Rio Negro, Brazil

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Recent molecular study found this species and C. undatus to be sister-species, or possibly even conspecific, the two being sister to C. castaneus#R. Proposed race undulatus, described from R Mocho (R Caura area, in SC Venezuela), known only from type locality; now included within nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. g. grammicus (Natterer & Malherbe, 1845) – SE Colombia and S Venezuela S to NE & E Peru and W Brazil (E to lower R Negro and R Purus); also French Guiana (Nouragues area).
  • C. g. verreauxii (Malherbe, 1858) – SC Colombia (W Meta to Putumayo) to E Ecuador.
  • C. g. subcervinus Todd, 1937 – Brazil, S of R Amazon, from R Purus E to lower R Tapajós and S to N Mato Grosso.
  • C. g. latifasciatus Seilern, 1936 – SE Peru and SW Brazil (upper R Madeira) S to N Bolivia (Beni).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 23–26 cm; 63–75 g (grammicus), 77–82 g (verreauxii), 75–87 g (latifasciatus). Male has rufous-chestnut forehead to... read more

    Voice

    Common call a loud, abrupt, slightly nasal whistle, “curry-kuuu” or “doit-gua... read more

    Habitat

    Inhabits rainforest, humid terra firme and várzea forests, forest edge,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Ants and fruit. Sometimes in groups of 3 or 4 birds, probably family parties; frequently associates with mixed-species groups. Forages... read more

    Breeding

    Feb–Apr in Venezuela, possibly somewhat later in Brazil. No other information available.

    Movements

    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rather uncommon to common; uncommon in Peru; uncommon to fairly comon in Ecuador. Inconspicuous and not often seen. Occurs at La Selva (Ecuador),... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Scaly-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus grammicus). 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/56276 on 25 May 2017).