23 May, 2011

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes pucherani

Population Estimate: 50-500K

Range / Habitat: Subtropical / tropical lowland moist forest in southern Mexico, Central America, and northwestern South America.

Field Notes: Medium-sized woodpecker with red nape in both male and female, black cheek and white postocular spot. Yellow tuft at base of bill. Black and white ladder pattern on back. Light grey horizontal stripes on belly. Similar to Golden-naped Woodpecker but no range overlap.

Personal Notes: Seen at Arenal Nayara Hotel, Costa Rica

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