French: Pic de Porto Rico German: Puerto-Rico-Specht Spanish: Carpintero puertorriqueño
Puerto Rico and nearby Vieques I (Greater Antilles).
23–27 cm; 45–72 g. Small, distinctive woodpecker. Male has white forehead, lores and narrow circle of feathers around eye, tinged buffish on forehead; blue-... read more
Wide variety of calls, most commonly “wek, wek, wek-wek-wek-wek-wek” or similar,... read more
Wooded areas, ranging from mangrove swamps and coconut plantations on coast to montane forest; also... read more
Food and feeding
Animal food principally wood-boring beetle larvae, ants and earwigs (Dermaptera), also grasshoppers, bugs, occasionally frogs and lizards.... read more
Nestbuilding from Jan, laying mostly in Apr–May. Solitary; possibly occasionally colonial. Nest excavated in dead stump, usually high... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA. Common and widespread on Puerto Rico; rare on Vieques.... read more
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