French: Pic de Malherbe German: Schwarzkehlspecht Spanish: Picamaderos barbinegro
J. F. Gmelin
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. malherbii
G. R. Gray, 1845 – W Panama E to N & C Colombia.
C. m. melanoleucos
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – E of Andes, from Colombia E to Trinidad and NE Brazil, S to Bolivia, Paraguay, N & NE Argentina and Mato Grosso.
C. m. cearae
(Cory, 1915) – NE Brazil (Maranhão to Ceará and Bahia#R).
33–38 cm; 181–284 g. Large woodpecker. Male has cream-buff feathering around base of bill, narrow black line across lower forehead, small oval area of black and... read more
Main call likened to tree-frog’s, “kwirr kwirr-ah” or “squeer squeer-ah-hah... read more
Very wide range of habitats: cloudforest, rainforest, terra firme and várzea... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly larvae of large (e.g. 4 cm) wood-boring beetles, also hard-shelled insects, ants, termites (Isoptera); takes pyralid caterpillars,... read more
Mainly Nov–Jan in Panama, from end of rainy season to beginning of dry; Dec–May in Colombia, Apr–Jul in N Venezuela, Dec... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in much of range; uncommon in some regions, e.g. Trinidad. Occurs in numerous protected areas throughout exensive range... read more
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