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Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Picidae

The famous woodpecker with highly distinctive (and noisy) feeding behaviour, drilling into tree bark for larvae and insects. Species in Manú are particularly colourful with red, pointed foreheads.

 


Crimson-crested Woodpecker

Campephilus melanoleucos

Crimson crested woodpecker - Male

Crimson crested woodpecker – Male

Crimson crested woodpecker - Female

Crimson crested woodpecker – Female

 

Appearance:

  • It is all black above, with a red crest .
  • White lines run down the sides of the black throat and shoulders, which meet in a V on the back. The underparts are white, heavily barred with black. They show white on the wings in flight.
  • Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat and red on the front of the crown.
  • It is 33 to 38cm long and weighs 180 to 285g.

Behaviour:

  • Usually to be found in pairs or family groups and can be quite noisy.
  • It drums on trees by by making a strong blow, followed by weaker notes described as DA-drrr.
  • It drums during courtship rituals, territorial disputes, or just for keeping in touch during the day.
  • It forages for insects by pecking at wood.

Voice:

  • Usually silent but during the breeding season (end of the rainy season, start of the dry season), the most frequent call is a popping series of notes: “tkep-tkep-tkep”.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • It nests in large, dead trees. The bird excavates a large oval-shaped hole.
  • See them near viewing towers.
  • Also seen along some trails and at oxbow lakes.
  • They can be seen perching on, and pecking at trees.

 


Lineated Woodpecker

Dryocopus lineatus

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Lineated woodpecker - Male

Lineated woodpecker – Male

Lineated woodpecker - Female

Lineated woodpecker – Female

Appearance:

  • Adult mainly black above, with a red crest.
  • It has whitish lines from the base of the bill, down the neck and shoulders.
  • The underparts are whitish, heavily barred with black.
  • The adult male has a red line from the bill to the throat and a red forehead.
  • The bill is typically black, although some are pale-billed.
  • It is 34 to 36cm long and weighs 186 to 228g.

Behaviour:

  • Diet is mostly beetles and their larvae, ants and their larvae, and caterpillars.
  • They hammer into live and rotting wood and use their long barbed tongues to excavate insects. They usually forage alone or in pairs.
  • The young are fed by regurgitation.

Voice:

  • A laughing call is common.
  • The bird also produces a long call, a loud, far-carrying “wic-wic-wic” .

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Nest holes are made in dead trees.
  • See them near viewing towers, oxbow lakes, clay licks and along trails.
  • They can be seen perching on, and pecking at trees.

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