Spot-breasted Woodpecker (Colaptes punctigula)

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

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Tarapoto, San Martin

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

Identification & Behavior: ~22 cm (8.6 in). The Spot-breasted Woodpecker is overall yellow-olive with barred back and spots on the underparts. The male and female have black foreheads with red napes, but only the male has a red malar stripe. It is similar to Golden-Olive Woodpecker but is distinguished by having an evenly barred back and spots in the breast and belly.

Status: The Spot-breasted Woodpecker is fairly common in Amazonia, where it favors forest edges and second growth. It is known to range up to 1150 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carpintero de Pecho Punteado.

Sub-species: Spot-breasted Woodpecker (Colaptes punctigula guttatus), Spix 1824.

Meaning of Name: Colaptes: Gr. kolaptë, kolaptö = beak-shaped like a chisel, peck. punctigula: L. punctum= with spots, flecks. gula= throat.

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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.