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Photo © by Fritz73
Pampa del Indio PP, Chaco, Argentina, 2004
Campephilus leucopogon


28–30 cm (11-11¾ in)

  • Black body
  • Cream yellow back
  • Darker tail and wingtips
  • Males have dark eyerings and black and white spot over ear-coverts
  • Large raised red crest


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Reserva Natural de Tiempo Libre, Capilla del Monte, Córdoba Province, Argentina, October 2019

South America: found in dry woodlands of north-central Bolivia through Paraguay to northern Argentina, Uruguay and south-eastern Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies C. l. major is generally considered invalid[2].


Humid to dry Sierran Chocó forest observed at heights around 918-1,250 m. Also in savanna, pastures with copses and groves.



The diet consists mostly of beetle larva, foraged from tall trees and fallen logs.


They excavate a nest hole about 6-8 m up a tree or palm.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Cream-backed Woodpecker (Campephilus leucopogon). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/56299 on 7 February 2020)
  4. Avianweb

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