French: Pic dominicain German: Weißspecht Spanish: Carpintero blanco
Coastal Suriname and French Guiana, lower Amazon (W to R Madeira), and from extreme SE Peru (Pampas del Heath), S Mato Grosso and NE Brazil (N Maranhão to Pernambuco) S to E Bolivia, N Argentina (S to Córdoba, N Buenos Aires) and Uruguay#R.
24–29 cm; 98–136 g. Smallish to medium-sized, very distinctive woodpecker. Male has almost entire head and underparts white to creamy-white, occasionally slightly... read more
Common call when perched “ghirreh” or “kreer”; very distinctive “kirr... read more
Principally dry subtropical forest, woodland and open wooded areas, savannas with scattered trees,... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly fruits, also seeds and honey; in addition, insects, including wild bees and wasps and their larvae. Also recorded feeding on... read more
Season Sept–Nov. Possibly social breeder, but details insufficiently known. Nest not described; recorded nesting in palm trees,... read more
Apparently resident. Recent records in coastal Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) possibly only of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No data on numbers and density; probably not uncommon. Rare in Peru. Occurs in several protected areas, such as Serra da Canastra and... read more
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