23 May, 2011

Red-crowned Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes rubricapillus

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Lowland dry forest in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago

Field Notes: Medium-sized woodpecker with plain white face, neck and chest. Black and white ladder back. Males with distinctive red crown and nape. Females with subtle red nape only. Red belly patch in both sexes, which is often difficult to see. Hoffmann's Woodpecker has yellow nape in both sexes.

Personal Notes: Seen at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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