Yellow-throated Woodpecker

Yellow-throated Woodpecker


Profile Yellow-throated Woodpecker
[Authority] Boddaert, 1783 | [group] Woodpeckers | [order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Piculus flavigula | [UK] Yellow-throated Woodpecker | [FR] Pic a

[Authority] Boddaert, 1783 | [group] Woodpeckers | [order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Piculus flavigula | [UK] Yellow-throated Woodpecker | [FR] Pic a gorge jaune | [DE] Gelbkehl-Specht | [ES] Carpintero Gorgigualdo | [NL] Geelkeelspecht | copyright picture

copyright: D. Ascanio

Male has a yellow showing red all over the crown and with a red malar stripe. The female shows red only on the nape. The upperparts are yellowish-green and underparts white with distinctive black scales. The male of the subspecies found in eastern Brazil, P. f. erythropis has an entirely red throat.

It is found in forest and forest edges along riversides also drier forest like the caatinga forest in eastern Brazil.

The Yellow-throated Woodpecker is found in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins with a disjunct population in eastern Brazil. In Suriname found on the edges of the savanna ridge of the coastal plane and the interior, absent in the northern parts of the coastal plane.

Diet consists mainly of ants which are gleaned and probed from trees. Also flakes of pies of bark. Found in subcanopy to treetops.

This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence 30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern. [conservation status from]

Excavates a hole in stub not too high up, less than 15 meter. No further data.

Sedentary throughout range.


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  4. size min.: 19 cm
  5. size max.: 20 cm
  6. Breeding
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  14. Conservation Status
  15. Yellow-throated Woodpecker status Least Concern


  1. Piculus flavigula erythropis
  2. e and se Brazil
  3. Piculus flavigula magnus
  4. ne Ecuador and se Colombia to n Bolivia, w Brazil
  5. Piculus flavigula flavigula
  6. e Colombia and s Venezuela through the Guianas, n Brazil
  7. Piculus flavigula
  8. SA Amazonia, se Brazil
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