18 January, 2010

Golden-cheeked Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes chrysogenys
Population Estimate: 50K to 500K
Location of Sighting: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Date of Sighting: January, 2010
Notes: Medium-sized woodpecker endemic to Western Mexico. Like many other woodpecker species, the male has a red tuft on his head (top photo) whereas the female does not (bottom photo). You can see the golden cheek in the female as well.


  1. That's great! I'm so glad you saw this little bugger.

  2. I love woodpeckers! These guys are so comical looking. Richard saw a huge pale-billed woodpecker, too, but we didn't get a photo.