Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)


Atlantic Black-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus tinnunculus)


French: Pic crécerelle German: Atlantik-Schwarzbrustspecht Spanish: Carpintero pechinegro atlántico

Picus tinnunculus


, 1829,



Hitherto considered conspecific with C. torquatus and C. occidentalis, but differs from latter (to which it is closer morphologically) in having upperparts completely barred black and buffy-rufous vs upperparts rufous-chestnut with well-spaced narrow black bars on back and wings (3); black three outer rectrices (2); slightly paler head and buff barring on underparts (1); longer bill (estimated 2). Monotypic.

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E Brazil (SE Bahia, Espírito Santo).

Descriptive notes

c. 26 cm. Male has broad red band from malar region to lower edge of ear-coverts; rest of head, including bushy crest, hindneck, chin and upper throat rufous-tinged... read more


Poorly known. Utters series of loud “kleee” or “deee” whistles.


Tall humid forest in Atlantic Forest region; most frequently in closed-canopy and extensive forest... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Diet consists mainly of ants. Typically encountered singly or in pairs. Forages at various levels, from understorey to... read more


No details known. An individual of this species observed while it was prospecting a nest-site c. 15 m above ground in Sooretama Biological... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Poorly known; rare. Global population not yet quantified. Now restricted to forest remnants in Bahia and Espírito Santo, in E Brazil, where almost certain to be... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Atlantic Black-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus tinnunculus). 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 on 25 February 2020).