Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos), Manu National Park, Peru

 

 

 

 

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos)

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos)

The Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) is a very large woodpecker which is a resident breeding bird from Panama south to northern border regions of Argentina.
The habitat of this species is forests and more open woodland. Two white eggs are laid in a nest hole in a dead tree and incubated by both sexes.

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos)

The Crimson-crested Woodpecker is 36 cm long and weighs 250g, they chip out holes, often quite large, while searching out insects in trees. They mainly eat insects, including beetle larvae, with some berries.
The call of this widespread but wary bird is a loud, ringing CHEE-sic. Both sexes drum.  This particular bird could be heard from far away.
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