French: Pic à ventre barré German: Bindenbauchspecht Spanish: Carpintero ventribarrado
Palca Grande, Ayupaya, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
V. n. equifasciatus
Chapman, 1912 – C Andes of Colombia S to Ecuador and N Peru (N Amazonas).
V. n. pectoralis
(Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1902) – Andes of Peru on E slope (S Amazonas to Junín).
V. n. nigriceps
(d’Orbigny, 1840) – E slope from S Peru to C Bolivia (Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).
17–20 cm; 39–46 g (pectoralis). Male has red forehead to hindneck with black feather bases visible; very narrow short pale supercilium, dark olive-... read more
Occasional soft “chik”, and high descending “kzzrr”; song up to c. 25 high-... read more
Humid and wet montane forest, forest edge, stunted forest at tree-line and on mountain ridges,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not recorded. Usually seen singly, sometimes in pairs, very unobtrusive; regularly in mixed-species flocks. Forages at all levels,... read more
Breeds Feb–Mar in Ecuador and Apr–May in Bolivia; specimens from Peru with enlarged testes in August. No other information.
Resident; whether any altitudinal movement occurs is not recorded.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Colombia; uncommon generally in Peru; rare to uncommon in Ecuador. Occurs in Podocarpus National Park (Ecuador) and fairly common in... read more
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