Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Pale-crested Woodpecker (Celeus lugubris)


Taxonomy

French: Pic à tête pâle German: Blassschopfspecht Spanish: Carpintero lúgubre
Taxonomy:

Celeopicus lugubris

Malherbe

, 1851,

Mato Grosso, Brazil

.

Recent molecular study found this species to form a monophyletic group with C. flavescens and C. elegans#R; has sometimes been treated as conspecific with first of these. Has apparently hybridized, rarely, with C. elegans; described form roosevelti (from W Mato Grosso) considered a hybrid probably between present species and race jumanus of C. elegans#R. Race olrogi very poorly known, said to be more chocolate-brown (rather than blackish) in colour#R than others and differing in size, and is tentatively accepted here; olrogi is a new name replacing castaneus, which is preoccupied#R. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. olrogi Fraga & Dickinson, 2008 – NE Bolivia (Beni).
  • C. l. lugubris (Malherbe, 1851) – C & E Bolivia and WC Brazil (W Mato Grosso).
  • C. l. kerri Hargitt, 1891 – Paraguay (except extreme E) and WC Brazil (S Mato Grosso) to NE Argentina (E Formosa, Corrientes).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 23–24 cm; 115–130 g (lugubris), 134–157 g (kerri). Distinctive. Male has brown lores, broad red malar and cheek­band, red... read more

    Voice

    Call “wee-wee-week”. Drums weakly.

    Habitat

    Semi-deciduous forest, cerrado woodland and dry Chaco woodland; frequently seen in areas... read more

    Food and feeding

    Ants and their brood, including those of the genera Camponotus, Crematogaster, Dolichoderus and others. Utilizes... read more

    Breeding

    Sept–Nov, or later in S. Nest-hole excavated in tree or dug into arboreal nest of ants or termites, at 4–10 m. No other... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common throughout much of range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Das Emas and Chapada dos Guimarães National Parks (Brazil)... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Pale-crested Woodpecker (Celeus lugubris). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56280 on 15 December 2017).