Guayaquil Woodpecker (Campephilus gayaquilensis)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. El Angolo, Northwest Peru

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male and Female | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~34 cm (13.4 in). The Guayaquil Woodpecker has black upperparts with white shoulder stripes that meet in the back. The male has the entire head red with white ear patch. The female has white cheeks and red crest with a black forehead and front of the crest. Both sexes have white stripes down the side of the neck, black throat and breast, and light brown rest of the underparts barred with black. Similar to Lineated Woodpecker, but is distinguished by having white shoulder stripes that meet in the back, and also differ in their head pattern. It does not overlap with Crimson-crested Woodpecker.

Status: The Guayaquil Woodpecker is uncommon in the semi-deciduous forest of northwest Peru. It is known to range up to 1700 m along the foothill of the western Andes. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Carpintero Guayaquileño.

Sub-species: Guayaquil Woodpecker (Campephilus gayaquilensis), Lesson 1845.

Meaning of Name: Campephilus: Gr. Kampe= caterpillar and philos, phileo= one who likes. guayaquilensis: Originating from the city of Guayaquil in southwestern Ecuador.

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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.