French: Pic puissant German: Zimtbindenspecht Spanish: Picamaderos poderoso
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. pollens
(Bonaparte, 1845) – Andes from NC Colombia and SW Venezuela (Táchira) S to Ecuador.
C. p. peruvianus
(Cory, 1915) – E slope in Peru (S to Junín).
c. 32 cm. Male has bright red forehead to crest, sometimes some black and white of feather bases visible, white band from lores to lower rear edge of ear-coverts continuing... read more
Commonest call nasal “kyaaah” or “peeyáw”, often repeated; fast... read more
Inhabits mature montane forest, humid and wet forest, cloudforest, and forest borders; also occurs... read more
Food and feeding
Details of diet not documented. Often in pairs. Forages in interior of forest, at all levels, predominantly on trunks and large limbs.
Season apparently Apr–Aug. Nest situated in tree or telegraph pole, high up, e.g. at 7 m. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Local in Colombia; rare to uncommon and local in Ecuador; rare in Peru. Occurs in Cueva de los Guácharos National Park and La Planada Nature Reserve... read more
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