Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Striped Woodpecker (Veniliornis lignarius)


French: Pic bûcheron German: Strichelkopfspecht Spanish: Pico bataraz grande

Picus Lignarius


, 1782,



Previously placed in Picoides. Molecular analyses, however, indicate that this species belongs in present genus and is part of a clade which contains also V. spilogaster and V. mixtus#R. Genetically close to latter#R#R and may be conspecific, but see that species. Birds of isolated N population slightly smaller than those of Patagonia, with other morphological, plumage and genetic differences, probably representing a separate taxon, for which name puncticeps is available; further study in progress. Monotypic.


WC & S Bolivia (from La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz) S to N Argentina (Salta); Andean foothills and lowlands in C & S Chile (Bío-Bío to Magallanes) and SW Argentina (Neuquén to Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 35–39 g. Male has black forehead and crown, crown with variable amount of streaking or spotting, red to orange-red nape or red sometimes restricted to... read more


Loud “peek”; also trill as long-distance call, lower and less harsh than that of V... read more


Humid to transitional forest. Nothofagus forest, Podocarpus forest, Polylepis... read more

Food and feeding

Diet largely unrecorded, but items brought to nest were exclusively insects, both adults and larvae, especially Coleoptera; generally... read more


Probably in Jun–Sept in Bolivia; from Oct in N to Jan in S in Chile and Argentina. Nest-hole excavated in tree or cactus, 2·2... read more


Resident; some altitudinal movements in winter. Populations breeding farthest S said to migrate N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. No information on numbers; probably fairly common. Occurs in Cerro La Campana, Nahuelbuta, Torres del Paine and Vicente Pérez Rosales National... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Striped Woodpecker (Veniliornis lignarius). 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 January 2020).