French: Pic à croupion rouge German: Blutbürzelspecht Spanish: Carpintero culirrojo
Picus (Chloropicus) Kirkii
Subspecies and Distribution
V. k. neglectus
Bangs, 1901 – S Costa Rica and W Panama, including Coiba I.
V. k. cecilii
(Malherbe, 1849) – E Panama and W Colombia S to W Ecuador and extreme NW Peru (Pacific slope S to Tumbes).
V. k. continentalis
Hellmayr, 1906 – W & N Venezuela (E to W Sucre).
V. k. kirkii
(Malherbe, 1845) – Trinidad and Tobago, and NE Venezuela (Paria Peninsula).
V. k. monticola
Hellmayr, 1918 – C & SE Venezuela (tepuis of NW Amazonas and SE Bolívar) and W Guyana (Mt Roraima).
c. 15–16 cm; 30–42 g. Male has buffish forehead, lores and superciliary area, dusky brown or dark grey crown and nape with red feather tips, golden-yellow lower... read more
Nasal “keer”, decreasing in intensity, softer than similar note of Piculus simplex... read more
Variety of lowland and foothill habitats, from wet forest, adjacent second growth and overgrown... read more
Food and feeding
Larvae and adults of small to medium-sized wood-boring beetles and other insects. Usually forages singly or in pairs, or in small groups;... read more
Dec–Feb, possibly Mar, in Panama and in Trinidad and Tobago, and Feb–Mar in N Venezuela; Jul in Ecuador, where pair with immature seen in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon. Uncommon to locally fairly common in Ecuador, where widespread in N lowlands; apparently no recent records from SW (Loja... read more
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