Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

White-naped Woodpecker (Chrysocolaptes festivus)


French: Pic de Goa German: Goldschulterspecht Spanish: Pito dorsiblanco

Picus festivus


, 1783,

Goa, India


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. festivus (Boddaert, 1783) – SW Nepal and most of India (except E coast).
  • C. f. tantus Ripley, 1946 – Sri Lanka.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 29 cm; 213 g. Male has white forehead spotted brown, red crown and crest narrowly bordered black, broad white supercilium back to side of nape and sometimes meeting white... read more


    Laughing rattle, “kwirri-rr-rr-rr-rr”, like corresponding call of C. lucidus... read more


    Open deciduous woodland and scrub; also cultivations with scattered trees. Around Corbett National... read more

    Food and feeding

    Ants, and larvae of wood-boring insects; also seeds, seemingly indicating ingestion of fruits. Feeds singly or in pairs; sometimes family... read more


    Season varies regionally, generally Nov–Mar; in Sri Lanka, also in Aug–Sept. A new nest-hole excavated each year, by both sexes... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Nepal; widespread and locally fairly common in India; scarce and local in Sri Lanka. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-naped Woodpecker (Chrysocolaptes festivus). 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 28 January 2020).