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White Woodpecker - BirdForum Opus

Melanerpes candidus
Photo © by Luiz
Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 10 April 2007


This unmistakable bird has a striking black and white body with yellow skin around the eye and a yellowish belly. The male also has yellow on the nape.


It is found in appropriate habitat in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.




Savanna, grasslands, and scrub. In the Amazon region restricted to open areas near major rivers.


One of its favourite foods is the irapuá bee (Melipona ruficrus) which attacks orange trees so the White Woodpecker helps in the success of the Brazilian orange industry. It is social, and typically seen in small groups.

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