Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-vented Woodpecker (Veniliornis dignus)


Taxonomy

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

Chloronerpes dignus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1877,

Antioquia, Colombia

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Member of the V. passerinus clade (see above). 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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    Very little information suggests breeding season Mar–Aug.

    Movements

    Resident.

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56243 on 16 January 2018).