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 23 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 4 years ago 56 sec 5
Building the nest. Locality Piauí State, Brazil (ssp cearae)
Ciro Albano 16 April 2009 3 years ago 22 sec 4.6
A female was video taped on a branch after it left the nest Locality El Manteco, Bolívar State, Venezuela
DAVID ASCANIO 15 August 2010 2 years ago 24 sec 4.5
Female extracting grubs Locality Hato Piñero, Cojedes State, Venezuela
Anthony Laven 1 November 1996 3 years ago 38 sec 4.3
A female looking around on a trunk Locality Tama-Tama, Amazonas State, Venezuela (ssp malherbii)
DAVID ASCANIO 30 September 2003 4 years ago 8 sec 4.3
A male at the entrance of the nest Locality El Manteco, Bolívar State, Venezuela
DAVID ASCANIO 15 August 2010 2 years ago 22 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 24 photos
A female perched on a trunk.
Locality Los Amigos Biological Station (CICRA), Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp melanoleucos)
Joe Tobias 12 September 2006 16 weeks ago 4.3
2 birds calling from a tree close to a small stream
Locality Pipeline Road, Soberanía National Park, Panama
Thore Noernberg 21 April 2012 44 weeks ago 3.8
A male pecking on a tree.
Locality Finca La Pomarrosa, Barlovento, Miranda State, Venezuela (ssp melanoleucos)
Eduardo López 20 October 2007 4 years ago 3.8
Female following the male of the other picture
Locality La Aurora Reserve, Paz de Ariporo, Casanare Department, Colombia
mauricio rueda 31 December 2011 1 year ago 3.7
Adult female foraging.
Locality La Llovizna National Park, Puerto Ordaz, Bolívar State, Venezuela (ssp melanoleucos)
Christophe Gouraud 6 April 2012 35 weeks ago 3.6
Female crimson-crested woodpecker in the flooded forest near the Ariau Towers
Locality Ariau Resort, Iranduba, Amazonas State, Brazil
Dave Rintoul 22 May 2011 1 year ago 3.5