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Photo © by Rodrigo Reyes
Photo taken: Patagonia, Chile, December 2006
Veniliornis lignarius

Picoides lignarius
Dryobates lignarius


Photo © by Luis R
Mahuida Park. Santiago de Chile, 19 April 2019

15–16 cm (6-6¼ in)

  • Black forehead and crown
  • Some streaking on crown
  • Red (or reddish-orange) nape; lacking in the female
  • Whitish face with black stripe through the eye
  • Black and white bars on upperparts
  • White spots on wings and wing coverts
  • White under wing coverts
  • Yellowish underparts


South America: found in the arid highlands of Bolivia to southern Chile and southern Argentina


This is a monotypic species[1].

Recent results will place this species in genus Veniliornis instead of the traditional placement in Picoides.


Humid open forests, woodland and dense scrub.



Male above, female below
Photo © by Luis R
Rungue, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, October 2018

The nest is a tree hole, drilled out by their strong bill. The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs.


Their diet is little recorded, but appears to consist almost entirely of insects and their larva.


  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. Paper describing DNA based phylogeny of among others, this species
  3. SACC proposal to move this species
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2016)
  5. Arthur Grosset

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