Chestnut Woodpecker (Celeus elegans)

Order: Piciformes  | Family: Picidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

chestnut woodpecker
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Tambopata, Madre de Dios

chestnut woodpecker
Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc.Tambopata, Madre de Dios

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Loreto, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonas, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~28 cm (11 in). The Chestnut Woodpecker is uniformly rufous-chestnut without barring. The sides and flanks are rufous-yellow. Only the male has a red malar stripe. The bill is pale in both sexes. It favors Terra Firme forest and tall Varzea forest in Amazonia where it often joins mixed-species foraging flocks. It is similar to Scale-breasted Woodpecker, but is distinguished by being dark-plain chestnut (no barring).

Status: The Chestnut Woodpecker is uncommon in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 600 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carpintero Castaño.

Sub-species: Chestnut Woodpecker (Celeus elegans citreopygius), P. L. Sclater and Salvin 1867.

Meaning of Name: Celeus: Gr. keleus= green woodpecker. elegans: L. elegant, fine.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.