Order
Piciformes
Family
Picidae
Genus
Melanerpes
 
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Golden-naped Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysauchen

Ming Alexander and Carole S. Griffiths
Version: 1.0 — Published August 16, 2012

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Introduction

The Golden-naped Woodpecker is endemic to the Pacific slope of southern Central America, where it ranges from southwest Costa Rica to western Panama. This species typically occurs in humid forested areas below 1500 m, although, like many other Melanerpes species, the Golden-naped Woodpecker appears able to persist in areas subject to a degree of environmental disturbance. The upperparts are predominantly black, with white markings on the back and rump, the underparts are largely barred, while in males the forehead is yellow, the crown red, and the nape yellow. In contrast females have almost the entire crown and nape yellow, except for black bar above the eyes. Like congenerics, Golden-naped Woodpecker usually is encountered in pairs or small family groups.

Distribution of the Golden-naped Woodpecker - Range Map
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Distribution of the Golden-naped Woodpecker

Recommended Citation

Alexander, M. and C. S. Griffiths (2012). Golden-naped Woodpecker (Melanerpes chrysauchen), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.gonwoo1.01