Golden-green Woodpecker (Piculus chrysochloros)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8.3 in). The Golden-green Woodpecker has olive-green upperparts and sides of the head. The underparts are evenly barred. The male has a red forehead, crown, and nape. The female lacks red in the head. Both sexes have a prominent yellow malar streaks. It is similar to the Yellow-throated Woodpecker and White-throated Woodpecker, but is distinguished by evenly barred underparts and the yellowish malar streak that extends toward the back of the bird.

Status: The Golden-Green Woodpecker is generally uncommon in the sub-canopy forest of Amazonia. It favors Terra Firme Forest, but it also forages in Varzea forest along with mixed species foraging flocks as well as away from them. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carpintero Verde y Dorado.

Sub-species: Golden-green Woodpecker (Piculus chrysochloros laemostictus), Todd 1937.

Meaning of Name: Piculus: L. piculus= diminutive of Picus or a woodpecker. chrysochloros: Gr. khrusos= gold and khlöros= green.

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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.