Melanerpes rubricapillus rubricapillus
(red-crowned woodpecker / carpintero habado)
La Ceja, Colombia; 2.300 meters above sea level.
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.