Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-vented Woodpecker (Veniliornis dignus)


French: Pic à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchspecht Spanish: Carpintero ventriamarillo

Chloronerpes dignus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1877,

Antioquia, Colombia


Member of the V. passerinus clade (which see). Races rather weakly differentiated. Venezuelan birds described as race abdominalis, but considered inseparable from nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • V. d. dignus (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1877) – extreme SW Venezuela (S Táchira) S in Andes to W slope in N Ecuador.
  • V. d. baezae Chapman, 1923 – E slope of Andes in Ecuador.
  • V. d. valdizani (Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894) – E slope of Andes in Peru (Amazonas, and Huánuco S to Cuzco).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 16–17 cm; 35–40 g (dignus), 46 g (valdizani). Male has greenish-buff lower forehead, deep crimson crown to nape, rear neck sides and upper... read more


    Fast, weak, high-pitched nasal rattle heard infrequently.


    Inhabits humid montane forest, especially cloudforest, and forest edge; occurs rarely outside... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not recorded. Usually singly or in pairs, and unobtrusive; occasionally joins mixed foraging parties. Forages in middle level of trees... read more


    Very little information suggests breeding season Mar–Aug.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon in most of range; rare in Peru. Possibly quite widespread but at very low densities. Occurs in Río Ñambí Nature Reserve, in Colombia. First... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Yellow-vented Woodpecker (Veniliornis dignus). 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 13 December 2019).