Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Choco Woodpecker (Veniliornis chocoensis)


French: Pic du Choco German: Chokospecht Spanish: Carpintero del Chocó

Veniliornis chocoensis


, 1919,

Malagita, Chocó, Colombia


Recent molecular study indicated that this species occupied a basal but uncertain position in the genus#R. In the past was often treated as conspecific with V. cassini or V. affinis, but differs in plumage details, in size and in habitat preferences, apparently also vocally, and is separated from both by Andes chain. Monotypic.


W Colombia (W Antioquia S to Nariño) and NW Ecuador (S to NW Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; c. 30 g. Male has buffish forehead, blackish crown with broad red feather tips, dull golden nape and upper neck side; brownish-buff lores and side of head,... read more


Details apparently not documented, but said to differ to some extent from V. cassini and... read more


Humid to very wet forest and forest edge in foothills, less in lowlands; recorded at up to 1000 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Details not known; diet presumably as for V. affinis. Pair seen foraging with mixed-species party in primary forest in Jul and Jan... read more


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Little-known species which seems to be rare throughout its small range.... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Choco Woodpecker (Veniliornis chocoensis). 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).