Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani) - HBW 7, p. 441
French: Pic de Pucheran
Spanish: Carpintero Centroamericano
Other common names: Pucheran’s Woodpecker
Taxonomy: Zebrapicus Pucherani Malherbe, 1849, Tobago; error = Colombia.
Sometimes placed in a separate genus Tripsurus, along with M. chrysauchen, M. cruentatus and M. flavifrons. Forms a superspecies with first of those, or both sometimes included in the superspecies represented by last two. N populations sometimes separated as race perileucus, with supposed tendency towards stronger white barring on upperparts and wings, but much overlap occurs with S populations and racial separation considered not sustainable. Monotypic.
Distribution: S Mexico (Veracruz, Chiapas) S to W Colombia and W Ecuador (S to El Oro; may also occur in W Loja).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 21 videos
A bird eating fruit. Locality Mogué, Darién Province, Panama (Monotypic species)
Eldert Groenewoud 3 May 2010 2 years ago 34 sec 4.6
adult sitting on a fruit feeder at Posada Gingerhouse - very shy bird Locality Cerro Azul, Chagres National Park, Panama
Thore Noernberg 6 November 2013 2 years ago 17 sec 4.5
bird on a fruit feeder - very shy bird Locality Cerro Azul, Chagres National Park, Panama
Thore Noernberg 7 November 2013 2 years ago 13 sec 4.4
A male working on a dead branch Locality Río Silanche Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 7 September 2007 7 years ago 56 sec 4.4
A male eating banana at a feeder, seen in slow motion (33 %) Locality Mirador Rio Blanco, Mindo Valley, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 6 September 2007 7 years ago 29 sec 4.4
male on trunk searching insects Locality El Valle, Bahía Solano, Choco Department, Colombia
Wim ten Have 24 March 2011 2 years ago 24 sec 4
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Adult on a mossy branch.
Locality Milpe, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (Monotypic species)
Dusan M. Brinkhuizen 18 January 2012 13 weeks ago 4.9
Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani)
Locality Costa Rica
Paul Cools 28 February 2015 36 weeks ago 4.6
Locality Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Arenal region, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Klaus Lachenmaier 12 March 2015 17 weeks ago 4.5
Adult bird on a branch
Locality Palenque National Park, Chiapas State, Mexico (Southern)
rchavezdm 7 October 2011 2 years ago 4.4
Seen on a feeding station.
Locality La Quinta, Puerto Viejo, Sarapiquí, Heredia Province, Costa Rica
David Lingard 10 March 2009 3 years ago 4.4
Perched on branch
Locality Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Milpe, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Cedric Mroczko 7 November 2013 33 weeks ago 4.3