Yellow-throated Woodpecker (Piculus flavigula)

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

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

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

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

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

Identification & Behavior: ~20.5 cm (8.1 in). The Yellow-throated Woodpecker has green-olive upperparts and tail. The underparts show a scaled effect. The head in both sexes is yellow. The male has a red forehead, crown, and nape. The female has red only in the nape.  It is similar to the Golden-Green Woodpecker but is distinguished by the scaled pattern in the breast yellow head. It is also similar to White-throated Woodpecker, which has olive sides of the and whitish throat.

Status: The Yellow-throated Woodpecker is generally rare in the canopy and sub-canopy forest in Amazonia. It often joins mixed-species foraging flocks. It is largely found in Loreto and northern Ucayali and also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carpintero de Garganta Amarilla.

Sub-species: Yellow-throated Woodpecker (Piculus flavigula magnus), Cherrie and Reichenberger 1921.

Meaning of Name: Piculus: L. piculus= diminutive of Picus or a woodpecker. flavigula: Gr. flavi, flavus= yellow and gularis= throat, its throat.

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Distribution Map
Yellow-throated woodpeckerVoice


    • 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.