Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~34.5 cm (13.6 in). The Lineated Woodpecker has black upperparts with two well-spaced white stripes on the shoulders that do not meet in the back. The underparts are whitish heavily barred black with the breast and front of the neck black. Both sexes have a white line from the base of the bill down the sides of the neck to the shoulders. The male has a red malar stripe, dusky face, and red on the entire top of the head. The female has a black forehead, dark face, red crest, and lacks the red malar stripe. It differs from the similar Crimson-crested Woodpecker in having well-spaced white shoulder stripes that do not meet in the back. Also, see Powerful Woodpecker.

Status: The Lineated Woodpecker is common in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1500 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in the semi-deciduous forest of northwest Peru where it is uncommon. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carpintero Lineado.

Sub-species: Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus lineatus), Linnaeus 1766.
(D. l. fuscipennis), P. L. Sclater 1860.

Meaning of Name: Dryocopus: Gr. drus= tree, wood; and Kopos= hit, druokopos= woodpecker. lineatus: L. lineatus= with lines, striped.

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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.