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Red-crowned Woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus) | by Frank Shufelt
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Red-crowned Woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus)

Montenegro, Quindío, Colombia.

The Red-crowned Woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus) is resident year-round in its range from Costa Rica to northern South America including, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Tobago. It prefers open tropical and subtropical woodlands to altitudes of about 1,700 meters (5,700 feet) above sea level. This bird is very similar to the Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes cruentatus) with nearly identical markings, but the Red-crowned is noticeably smaller.

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Taken on February 19, 2018