Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) - HBW 7, p. 532
French: Pic de Malherbe
Spanish: Picamaderos Barbinegro
Other common names: Black-and-white Woodpecker; Malherbe’s Woodpecker (malherbii)
Taxonomy: Picus melanoleucos J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Surinam.
Formerly placed in genus Phloeoceastes with seven other species, all of which are now lumped into Campephilus. Forms a superspecies with C. guatemalensis and C. gayaquilensis. Possibly conspecific with latter. Races intergrade quite extensively; birds from S half of range formerly grouped together as race albirostris. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- malherbii G. R. Gray, 1845 - W Panama E to N & C Colombia.
- melanoleucos (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - E of Andes, from Colombia E to Trinidad and NE Brazil, S to Bolivia, Paraguay, N & NE Argentina and Mato Grosso.
- cearae (Cory, 1915) - E & S Brazil.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 30 videos
A close-up of a female extracting a larva from a hole in a trunk. Locality Curicaca Wildlife Refuge, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp melanoleucos)
Alex García · Videoaves 11 July 2008 6 years ago 56 sec 5
A female was video taped on a branch after it left the nest Locality El Manteco, Bolívar State, Venezuela
DAVID ASCANIO 15 August 2010 4 years ago 24 sec 4.5
Building the nest. Locality Piauí State, Brazil (ssp cearae)
Ciro Albano 16 April 2009 5 years ago 22 sec 4.5
male perching on tree trunk at the Mono Titi trail at 08.45 am Locality Metropolitan Natural Park, Panama City, Panama Province, Panama
Thore Noernberg 18 September 2014 34 weeks ago 21 sec 4.3
A female looking around on a trunk Locality Tama-Tama, Amazonas State, Venezuela
DAVID ASCANIO 30 September 2003 6 years ago 8 sec 4.3
Female extracting grubs Locality Hato Piñero, Cojedes State, Venezuela
Anthony Laven 1 November 1996 5 years ago 38 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 38 photos
Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos), female
Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Jacques Erard 1 August 2014 25 weeks ago 4.8
This male is looking for food on trunk of a palm tree
Locality Pantanal, Brazil (ssp melanoleucos)
Hermann Brehm 15 August 2013 44 weeks ago 4.4
Bird seeking for food
Locality Apure State, Venezuela
Margareta Wieser 4 April 2015 6 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Santa Fé National Park, Veraguas Province, Panama (ssp malherbii)
Josef Widmer 2 June 2014 39 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Corrientes Province, Argentina (ssp melanoleucos)
Marcelo Allende 15 October 2013 31 weeks ago 4.2
A female perched on a trunk.
Locality Los Amigos Biological Station (CICRA), Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp melanoleucos)
Joe Tobias 12 September 2006 2 years ago 4.2