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Photo © by Fritz73
Buenos Aires City, Argentina, 4 November 2018
Veniliornis mixtus

Picoides mixtus


Photo by nkgray
Uguay, Esteros del Iberá, Argentina, September 2013


  • Black and white plumage
  • Black and white bands on back

Male has a red mark on back of head


South America: found in Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.


Recent results place this species in genus Veniliornis instead of the traditional Picoides[2].


Four subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • V. m. mixtus:
  • Northern Argentina (Paraná River drainage and Buenos Aires Province)
  • V. m. berlepschi:
  • Central Argentina (Córdoba south to Neuquén and Río Negro)
  • V. m. malleator:
  • V. m. cancellatus:


Dry forest and savanna, shrubland.



The diet includes insects and seeds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Paper describing DNA based phylogeny of among others, this species
  4. SACC proposal to move this species
  5. Arthur Grosset

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