Scale-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus grammicus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Western Brazil (L), SE Peru (R)

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

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

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

Identification & Behavior: ~22.5 cm (9 in). The Scale-breasted Woodpecker is chestnut-rufous with dusky barring on the underpart and upperparts. The bill is pale. The male has a red malar stripe, which is missing in the female. Both sexes have a pale bill. It favors Terra Firme forest in Amazonia where it often joins mixed-species foraging flocks. It is similar to the Chestnut Woodpecker, but is distinguished by a variable but always present barring on the upperparts and underparts, and by being lighter in coloration.

Status: The Scale-breasted Woodpecker is uncommon in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1200 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carpintero de Pecho Escamoso.

Sub-species: Scale-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus grammicus verreauxii), Malherbe 1858. E Ecuador and adjacent NE Peru.
(C. g. grammicus), Natterer and Malherbe 1845. NE Peru and W Brazil.
(C. g. latifasciatus), Seilern 1936.  SE Peru and SW Brazil S to N Bolivia (Beni).

Meaning of Name: Celeus: Gr. keleus= green woodpecker. grammicus:  Gr. Grammikos= recorded, inscribed.

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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.