|Chilean Flicker (Colaptes pitius)
Chilean name: Pitío
November / December 2005
The Chilean Flicker is distributed in central and southern Chile and adjacent areas of extreme west Argentina. It is found in open southern beech Nothofagus forest and in agricultural areas with nearby trees.
It feeds mainly on the ground on ants but will perch in trees when not feeding.
It has a grey forehead to nape, and a buffy face. The male, seen in photo 2, has a dusky malar which is lacking in the female. The iris is yellowish except in juveniles (see photo 4).