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.
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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