Cream-colored Woodpecker (Celeus flavus)
Cream-coloured Woodpecker, Vila Bela de Santíssima Trindade, Mato Grosso, Brazil, March 2003 - click on image for a larger view Vila Bela de Santíssima Trindade, Mato Grosso, Brazil
March 2003

The Cream-colored Woodpecker is mainly sulphur yellow to cream coloured with a black tail and rufous on the wings but there is a wide variation in this colouring which does not necessarily indicate a particular sub-species. The male has a red moustachial stripe which is lacking in the female.

It is found in várzea and swamp forests as well as areas such as cocoa plantations. It feeds on fruit and seeds as well as on ants and termites.

There is are illustrations in HBW, Volume 7 Pages 326 and 520; and in Hilty & Brown, Plate 22.

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