French: Pic élégant German: Goldwangenspecht Spanish: Carpintero cariamarillo
no locality; probably Mazatlán, in Sinaloa, or San Blas or Tepic, in Nayarít, western Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. chrysogenys
(Vigors, 1839) – W Mexico from S Sinaloa to Nayarit.
M. c. flavinuchus
(Ridgway, 1911) – Jalisco E to SW Puebla and SE along coast to E Oaxaca.
19–22 cm; 55–88 g. Male has whitish forehead with golden-yellow at base of bill, red crown (usually becoming more golden-orange on nape), bright yellow-gold... read more
Many churring calls and short series of notes, e.g. nasal “ki-di-dik”, more explosive... read more
Mesic to xeric forest and edge, forest patches, open areas with scattered trees and plantations.... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including adults and larvae of beetles, ants; also various fruits and seeds. Forages singly and in pairs, at middle and upper... read more
May–Jul. Nest-hole in tree or cactus. Clutch size and other aspects of breeding undescribed.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common; widespread within range, recorded at numerous sites. A little-known species. Research required on its ecology and breeding... read more
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