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Red-crowned woodpecker | by PriscillaBurcher
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Red-crowned woodpecker

Melanerpes rubricapillus rubricapillus

(red-crowned woodpecker / carpintero habado


The red-crowned woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus) is a resident breeding bird from southwestern Costa Rica south to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and Tobago.


The male has a red crown patch and nape. The female has a buff crown and duller nape. Immature birds are duller, particularly in the red areas of the head and neck.


This woodpecker occurs in forests and semi-open woodland and cultivation. Red-crowned woodpeckers feed on insects, but will take fruit.


Photo taken in La Ceja, Colombia; 2.300 meters above sea level.

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Taken on March 24, 2018