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Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus

I. S. Malekan
Version: 1.0 — Published February 4, 2011



Lineated Woodpeckers breed March-April in Panama, April-May in Belize, and February-April in Trinidad and Suriname. Nest cavities are excavated in dead trees at variable heights, from 2-27 m above the ground. Both sexes excavate the nests, which are about 45 cm deep, 13 x 18 cm wide, and have an entrance about 9 cm in diameter. Clutch size ranges from 2-4 eggs (2-3 in Trinidad). Males and females take 2-3 hour shifts incubating during the day, but only males incubate at night. Chicks are fed about once an hour by both parents through regurgitation; the female does most of the feeding while the male guards the nest. Fecal material is removed from the nest by both parents (Short 1982). Incubation and fledging periods not documented.

Recommended Citation

Malekan, I. S. (2011). Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.linwoo1.01