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C. c. campestris
Photo by avillaschi
Serra da Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil, April 2005
Colaptes campestris

The southern race campestroides is commonly referred to as the Field Flicker.


Photo by Stanley Jones
South Wild, south of Poconê, Mato Grosso, Brazil, August 2015

28–31 cm (11-12 in)
This species has dark upperparts, including crown and tail, and paler belly. Breast, nape and auriculars are yellow, while the throat color varies according to the subspecies (see Taxonomy).

Males of this species, as well as in many other Colaptes species, have red malar regions. This characteristic is not present in females.

Similar Species

Juvenile male
Photo by Rodrigo Conte
Brasilia, Brazil, November 2013

At a first sight, can be mistaken with the Green-barred Woodpecker (Colaptes melanochloros), but after a better look they are easily separated by many characteristics.


Photo © by Luiz
Sao Paulo State, Brazil, 9 November 2020

It is found in eastern and central Brazil, northern and eastern Bolivia, Paraguay (except far south-west), Uruguay, and northeastern and eastern Argentina.



Two races are recognised[1]:

  • It has a black throat, which is the the best way to tell the subspecies apart.
  • C. c. campestroides, the Field Flicker, occurs in southern Brazil, southern Paraguay, Uruguay, and northeastern and eastern Argentina.
  • This race shows a white throat.

The two races are sometimes considered different species.


It is found in cerrados (brushy areas), caatingas (dry woodland and scrub), savanna, grassland, pampas, plantantions, pastures, parks or even cities, which are mostly open areas. It is a species that takes advantage of deforestation where termites and ants, its favorite prey, invade low-grade and overgrazed pastures. Generally common.


Social and largely terrestrial. This species is commonly seen leaping on the ground in groups of about 8 or 10 individuals, searching for anthills.


Their diet consists mostly of ants, termites and their larva. They also eat beetles and nestlings.


Nest is typically in tree or dead stump, but sometimes in a termite mound or earth bank.


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  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. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/C9C6D042]. Retrieved 25 January 2021
  3. Dias, R. I. and R. H. Macedo (2020). Campo Flicker (Colaptes campestris), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.camfli1.01

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