Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Black-bodied Woodpecker (Hylatomus schulzii)


French: Pic lucifer German: Schwarzbauchspecht Spanish: Picamaderos chaqueño

Phloeotomus Schulzii

#R Cabanis

, 1882,

Tucumán, Argentina


Closely related to H. pileatus and H. lineatus; hybridizes with latter. White scapular line more prevalent among N populations, and S birds on average minimally smaller than others, but differences insufficient to justify subspecific separation. Forms described as shiptoni (Tucumán) and major (Argentinian chaco) are regarded as only variants or colour morphs. Monotypic.


S Bolivia (Santa Cruz, Tarija), C Paraguay and S to NC Argentina (S to Córdoba and San Luis).

Descriptive notes

29–30 cm. Male has yellowish-buff nasal tufts, bright red forehead to nape and long crest, sometimes some white feather bases showing through, grey ear-coverts often... read more


Common call a loud “wic wic wic wic wic”, slower and generally shorter than that of... read more


Xeric woodland and savanna of the Chaco with Lithrea, Celtis, acacias, carob (... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not described. Forages singly or in pairs, occasionally in family groups of 5–6 birds, apparently on trunks and main limbs.... read more


Oct–Dec, possibly Mar. Nest-hole built in dead tree or utility pole; one in Argentina (Córdoba), in Dec, was c. 4 m above... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Generally rare. Has declined in many areas, and seems to have been reduced to two main populations, one in... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Black-bodied Woodpecker (Hylatomus schulzii). 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 14 December 2019).