Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Golden-collared Woodpecker (Veniliornis cassini)


French: Pic de Cassin German: Goldnackenspecht Spanish: Carpintero cebrado

Mesopicus cassini


, 1862,



Previous treatment as member of a group with V. kirkii, V. affinis, V. chocoensis and V. maculifrons not supported by molecular analyses#R, which found present species possibly to be basal in genus and close to V. kirkii. Has often been considered conspecific with V. chocoensis, but differs in details of plumage, in habitat preferences, apparently also in voice, and is geographically isolated by Andes. Has been regarded as possibly conspecific with V. affinis, with which may overlap slightly in range. Monotypic.


E & SE Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas, and NE Brazil N of Amazon (E Roraima and lower R Negro to Amapá).

Descriptive notes

c. 16 cm; 24–38 g. Male has buffish lower forehead and lores, greyish-black upper forehead and crown with narrow red feather tips, larger tips on upper nape, golden-... read more


Very similar to that of V. affinis: a series of 33–35 nasal “khir” notes... read more


Rainforest, clearings, open terrain with trees, shrubbery; lowlands to 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Beetles (Cerambycidae) recorded. generally solitary, often foraging in treetops. Also joins mixed-species feeding flocks.


No information available.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. A very poorly known canopy-dwelling woodpecker; possibly not uncommon, but difficult to observe. Not uncommon in Canaima National Park and Imataca... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Golden-collared Woodpecker (Veniliornis cassini). 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 13 December 2019).