Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Ringed Woodpecker (Celeus torquatus)


French: Pic à cravate noire German: Guiana-Schwarzbrustspecht Spanish: Carpintero pechinegro guayanés

Picus torquatus


, 1783,



Recent molecular study indicated that this species (including species previously lumped with it) and C. loricatus are sisters, and that they are, together, sister to all other members of this genus#R. Hitherto present species considered conspecific with C. occidentalis and C. tinnunculus, but differs from former in having black collar and mantle (3), uniformly tawny-rufous vs buff-and-black-barred belly to vent (3), plain vs black-barred mantle, back, flight-feathers and tail (2), and paler head (ns[1]), also hybrid zone in NE Brazil (at least 1); differs from C. tinnunculus in several obvious characters, e.g. almost complete absence of barring above and below. Form pieterroyensi (from E Pará, including Marajó I, and W Maranhão)#R is synonymized with torquatus, but may merit further examination. Currently treated as monotypic.


E Venezuela and the Guianas S to N Amazonian Brazil (R Branco E to Pará and W Maranhão#R).

Descriptive notes

c. 26–28 cm; 107–124 g. Male has broad red band from malar region to lower edge of ear-coverts; rest of head, including bushy crest, hindneck, chin and upper... read more


Series of 3–5 loud whistled “kleee”, “kuu”, “pee... read more


Tall humid forest, including rainforest, terra firme forest, vá... read more

Food and feeding

Ants and seeds recorded in diet, and also said to visit termite nests and eat fruit. Singly or in pairs, or in loose groups of up to five... read more


No information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Fairly widespread in NE South America, where it is considered uncommon to rare; uncommon in Venezuela; form... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Ringed Woodpecker (Celeus torquatus). 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 25 February 2020).