Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-eared Woodpecker (Veniliornis maculifrons)


Taxonomy

French: Pic à oreilles d’or German: Goldohrspecht Spanish: Carpintero orejigualdo
Taxonomy:

Picus maculifrons

Spix

, 1824,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Relationships uncertain. Previously thought to form a species-group with V. kirkii, V. cassini, V. affinis and V. chocoensis, but such a relationship now thought unlikely. Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Brazil from SE Bahia S to Rio de Janeiro.

Descriptive notes

c. 15 cm. Male has brown forehead and crown feathers, tipped whitish on forehead, streaked white and tipped red on forecrown (red lost when worn), becoming largely red on... read more

Voice

Long series of vibrating sonorous “ew” notes, rising and then falling; different call reported in... read more

Habitat

Secondary forest and parks in lowlands and hills.

Food and feeding

Virtually no information; recorded feeding on insect larvae and pecking on an avocado (Persea americana).

Breeding

Almost no information. Nest in hole in a tree at c. 18 m above ground, with at least one well-grown young, found in Rio de Janeiro state in... read more

Movements

Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in ­Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. A very little-known woodpecker, but appears to be common in... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Bonan, A. (2018). Yellow-eared Woodpecker (Veniliornis maculifrons). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56254 on 16 January 2018).