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 24 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 4 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 3 years ago 24 sec 4.5
A male at the entrance of the nest Locality El Manteco, Bolívar State, Venezuela
DAVID ASCANIO 15 August 2010 3 years ago 22 sec 4.4
Female extracting grubs Locality Hato Piñero, Cojedes State, Venezuela
Anthony Laven 1 November 1996 4 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 5 years ago 8 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 27 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 45 weeks ago 4.3
One adult female.
Locality Vargem Bonita, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Carlos Gussoni 7 September 2013 12 weeks ago 4
2 birds calling from a tree close to a small stream
Locality Pipeline Road, Soberanía National Park, Panama
Thore Noernberg 21 April 2012 1 year ago 3.8
female feeding under the loose bark
Locality Granville, Cedros, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago (ssp melanoleucos)
Sanjiv Parasram 18 April 2011 2 years 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