French: Pic rougeâtre German: Blutrückenspecht Spanish: Carpintero sanguíneo
A. A. H. Lichtenstein
Coastal lowlands of the Guianas.
c. 13 cm; 23–30 g. Male has brown forehead faintly spotted white, crimson-red crown to hindneck with brown feather bases and centres usually fairly visible; brown... read more
Common call single “keek” notes; fast series of c. 16 “wih” notes also given; nestlings produce... read more
Mangroves, swampy forest, also coffee plantations; lowlands.
Food and feeding
Ants, beetles (Cerambycidae), caterpillars. Usually singly or in pairs. Forages in trees and shrubs of various kinds.
Recorded in Feb–Mar and May–Nov in Surinam. Hole excavated by both sexes, working for up to 2 months, low down (e.g. 1·4 m) in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reasonably common. Fairly widespread in its range, but restricted to lowlands of the Guianas. No information on numbers, but probably secure; loss of... read more
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