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Photo by charelli
Frederiksdorp, Suriname, November 2010
Colaptes punctigula

Chrysoptilus punctigula


Female, Subspecies guttatus
Photo by Stanley Jones
San Ignacio Rice Fields, near Rioja, San Martín, Peru, January 2017

18–21 cm (7-8¼ in)

  • Black forehead and fore-crown
  • Red hind-crown, nape and moustache

The female has a black moustache.

A very variable species regarding darkness and shape of dark markings.


Photo © by NJ Larsen
SFF Los Flamencos, El Camarones, Guajira, Colombia, 28 August 2023

Central and South America
Eastern Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, The Guianas, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.


Some authorities place this species in genus Chrysoptilus.


There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • C. p. ujhelyii:
  • C. p. striatigularis:
  • C. p. zuliae:
  • C. p. punctipectus:
  • C. p. punctigula:
  • C. p. guttatus:


Rainforests, deciduous and gallery forests, second growth, coffee plantations, and mangroves, often near water.


The live and forage in family groups.


Feeds on branches and stems, and sometimes on the ground. Their main diet consists of ants and their larvae.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)

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