Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker (Piculus callopterus)


French: Pic bridé German: Panamaspecht Spanish: Carpintero panameño

Chloronerpes callopterus


, 1862,

Lion Hill, Canal Zone, Panama


Thought to be closely related to P. simplex, P. leucolaemus and P. litae, and all four often treated as conspecific. Monotypic.


WC to E Panama: Veraguas, and Caribbean slope of Canal Zone to Darién.

Descriptive notes

c. 17 cm. Male has red forehead to hindneck, olive lores and side of head, buffy-white stripe from lores to lower edge of ear-coverts, broad red malar band back to neck... read more


Main call, given by both male and female, is a nasal bi-syllabic note "nyeeeh-wheet... read more


Humid forest and forest borders in foothills on Caribbean slope, between 300 m and 900 m.

Food and feeding

Small ants are only food items on record. Usually found singly or in pairs, also with mixed-species flocks. Forages on lower or middle... read more


A nest found in 2013 at Chagres National Park was in hole in a dead Cecropia trunk c. 3·4 m high; eggs... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA and Darién Lowlands EBA. Uncommon and local. Poorly... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Boesman, P. (2019). Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker (Piculus callopterus). 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 7 December 2019).