Chestnut Woodpecker (Celeus elegans)
Male Chestnut Woodpecker, Carajás, Paraá, Brazil, January 2002 - click for larger image Carajás, Pará, Brazil

The Chestnut Woodpecker is fairly large at 28cm. (11") and, as its name implies, is generally chestnut in colour with little or no barring, yellowish rump and flanks, a yellow bill and a hammerhead with prominent crest. The male has a red malar stripe.

Chestnut Woodpecker, Carajás, Paraá, Brazil, January 2002 - click for larger image It is found in forest in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins where it gleans insects, larvae, etc., from bark and also feeds on termite nests in the trees. Another source of food is fruit.

There are illustrations in Hilty & Brown, Plate 22; Sick, Plate 25; and Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 53.

Chestnut Woodpecker, Carajás, Paraá, Brazil, Octber 2005 - click for larger image
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