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Bellavista Lodge, Pichincha, Ecuador, August 2015
Colaptes rivolii

Piculus rivolii


22–28 cm (8¾-11 in)
Male has the area around the pale cheek patch all red, in female it is black most of the way.


Subspecies atriceps from south-eastern Peru and southern Bolivia has black crown and less red on upperparts in both sexes (male of this form still has red malar).


South America: found from the Andes of Venezuela and Colombia, to northern Bolivia.


It was formerly placed in the genus Piculus.


Female, subspecies brevirostris
Photo by Stanley Jones
Owlet Lodge, Amazonas, Reserva Abra Patrica, Peru, January 2017

There are 6 subspecies[1]

  • C. r. rivolii:
  • C. r. zuliensis:
  • C. r. meridae:
  • Andes of western Venezuela (Merida and T chira)
  • C. r. quindiuna:
  • Andes of north-central Colombia
  • C. r. brevirostris:
  • Andes of south-western Colombia to central Peru
  • C. r. atriceps:
  • Andes of south-eastern Peru and southern Bolivia


Cloud forest and edge between 1500 and 3400 m asl.


They seem to like relatively small branches.


Their diet consists of ants and beetle larvae; occasionally spiders and millipedes. They also eat some fruit.


  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. SACC proposal to transfer this species to genus Colaptes
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2017)

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GSearch checked for 2020 platform.