Yellow-tufted Woodpecker

Yellow-tufted Woodpecker


Profile Yellow-tufted Woodpecker
[Authority] Boddaert, 1783 | [group] Woodpeckers | [order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Melanerpes cruentatus | [UK] Yellow-tufted Woodpecker | [FR] Pic a

[Authority] Boddaert, 1783 | [group] Woodpeckers | [order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Melanerpes cruentatus | [UK] Yellow-tufted Woodpecker | [FR] Pic a chevron dor | [DE] Gelbbrauen-Specht | [ES] Carpintero Azulado | [NL] Geelbrauwspecht | copyright picture

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The yellow-tufted woodpecker has distinguishable yellow streak of feathers on the back of its head. Head, breast and wings blue-black. Lower back and uppertail coverts white with a red patch on lower breast and belly. Sides of body barred black with yellowish. Female has a crimson nape. Different morphs exist from shiny yellow head markings to all black heads.

Rainforest, secondary growth, forest edges and sometimes near towns and houses. Often seen in dead tall trees.

It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. In Suirname common in the sandy edges of forests in the coastal region and the interior, including savanna but excluding mangroves.

Mainly fruit and seeds, also insects (wasps, bees, flies etc.) gleaned and pecked from trees. Most often forages in small noisy groups in tall dead trees.

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]

Social breeding with adult parents and helpers. The latter may support up to three nests. Nest is excavated in tall dead tree, nestlings are fed the entire social group, fledglings supported by one or more individuals. No details on clutch size and incubation and fledging period.

Sedentary throughout range.


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  15. Yellow-tufted Woodpecker status Least Concern
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