French: Pic du Chili German: Bänderspecht Spanish: Carpintero pitío
C & S Chile (Coquimbo S to C Magallanes) and adjacent SW Argentina (Neuquén S to W Santa Cruz).
c. 30 cm; 100–163 g. Male has dark slate-grey forehead to nape, blacker at sides, nape rarely with hint of red; buffish lores, area around eye and ear-coverts, buffish... read more
Distinct repeated “piteéu”; whistled variable “kwee”, singly or in series, louder and more raucous... read more
Inhabits woodland and open wooded country, including open areas within Nothofagus forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Almost exclusively ants and their brood; other items, such as scorpions (Scorpiones) and grubs, occasionally taken. Roves about in noisy... read more
Reported in Oct–Dec. Known displays are head-swinging, bobbing with tail-spreading. Nest excavated in dead tree or stub, or in bank;... read more
Resident; possibly nomadic to some extent.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally rather common, though few data available. Occurs in Cerro La Campana, Nahuelbuta and Vicente Pérez Rosales National Parks (Chile); recorded... read more
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