Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Colaptes rivolii)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Upper Manu Road, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southeast Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Satipo Road, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Cusco Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~24 cm (9.4 in). The Crimson-mantled Woodpecker has a crimson mantle, olive wings, and scaled breast that grades into yellow in the lower belly and vent areas. The face and sides of the head are pale. The male and female in the subspecies atriceps have dusky foreheads with a red nape. The male in the subspecies brevirostris has the entire top of the head read. The female has dark top of the head with red nape. Males in all forms have a red malar stripe, which is missing in the female. It is similar to Golden-Olive Woodpecker but is distinguished by a conspicuous crimson mantle and yellow in the belly and vent areas.

Status: The Crimson-mantled Woodpecker is fairly common along the east slope of the Andes where it ranges at elevations between 1500-3500 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carpintero de Espalda Carmesí.

Sub-species: Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Colaptes rivolii brevirostris), Taczanowski 1875. SW Colombia S to C Peru.
(C. r. atriceps), P. L. Sclater and Salvin 1876. SE Peru and W & C Bolivia.

Meaning of Name: Colaptes: Gr. kolaptë, kolaptö = beak-shaped like a chisel, peck. rivolli: In honor of French ornithologist and collector Francois Victor Massena prince d’Essling and Duc of Rivoli.

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Distribution Map
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    • 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.