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Crimson Crested Woodpecker - Female

Photo courtesy Richard Shirley

Crown, crest and nape of neck are scarlet. The iris is yellowish white, bill and cheeks are white while the throat is black. There is a narrow white line from the base of the bill down the sides of the neck. From the base of this white line there are white stripes that converges in a V down the back. The breast and the lower underparts are barred blackish. The upperparts are black. The female is similar to the male but has a black forehead and does not have a malar patch. The white neck stripe continues forward as a broad white band below the eye to the bill. Their size is approximately 13.5 inches (34cm) and 250 grams.

This Trinidad resident is found in forests and open areas with large trees. Their diet consists of insects particularly caterpillars and wood boring beetles. They tap and chisel on the bark of the tree or pull off the bark to expose the insects. They will climb the trunk from near the ground to the canopy. The tapping will sometimes be done for an extended period of time and they will cling to the branch in an upright position and circle it. They occasionally eat fruit. These are very wary birds. Their flight is rapid and strongly undulating.

This woodpecker is very similar in appearance to the Lineated Woodpecker. The main difference is broad white band across the face and the converging, "V" white stripes on the back of the Crimson-crested woodpecker as the stripes on the back of the Lineated do not converge.

Family - Woodpeckers

Other Names - Black and White Woodpecker, Malherbe's Woodpecker

Latin Name - Campephilus melanoleucos

Range - From Panama south to the Guianas and Trinidad


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