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Male, subspecies kerri
Photo by Gill Merritt
Pantanal, Brazil, July 2005
Celeus lugubris


23–24 cm (9-9½)

Similar Species

Resembles the parapatric Blond-crested Woodpecker, but has brown underparts and uppertail coverts, and wings barred in rufous (lower part) and pale buff (upper part).


Female, subspecies lugubris
Photo by holzphoto
Pantanal, Brazil

South America: it is found in northern Argentina, eastern Bolivia, south-central Brazil (the Pantanal region), and Paraguay.

It is generally fairly common.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. l. olrogi:
  • C. l. lugubris:
  • Central and eastern Bolivia and south-western Brazil (western Mato Grosso)
  • C. l. kerri: their plumage is darker


It occurs in dry to semi-humid forests, woodland and palm grooves.



Their diet consists mostly of ants.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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