|The Crimson-crested Woodpecker is distributed from Panama to northern Argentina. It is found in forest and forest borders, clearings and plantations. Where it overlaps with Red-necked Woodpecker C. rubricollis, the latter is found inside rain forest while Crimson-crested is found in clearings, borders and lighter woodland.|
|It is identified by the white stripe running down the side of its neck and forming a V on its black back. Its underparts are buff barred with black. The male, as seen in photos 1, 2 and 5, has an almost totally red head with a black and white spot on the cheek while the female, seen in photos 3 and 4, has the broad white stripe extending from the side of the neck across the cheek to the bill.|
|Like other Campephilus woodpeckers, its drum sounds like a double tap.
There is an illustration in Hilty & Brown, Plate 22.