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Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


A common call of Lineated Woodpecker is the Laughing Call, "pi-shâ-shâ-shâ-shâ-âh," which ascends until abruptly descending towards the end (Souza 2006). Lineated Woodpecker also produces a Wik or Long Call, a loud, far-carrying "wic-wic-wic" that becomes a more intense "wuk wuk wuk" at about 17 notes (Kilham 1972). Another common call is the Sputter Call, which can be rendered in various ways, including "squeak-errrrr," "oook-churrrrrr," "chiurrrr" (Slud 1964); "kay rar-r-r-r-r," "k'rroo" (Skutch 1969); "keeer" (Short 1970) or "put-air" (Kilham 1972). Distressed or injured birds may produce a loud "peee" call (Short 1970).

Nonvocal Sounds

Both sexes drum in a long roll, similar to that of Pileated Woodpecker (D. pileatus), but distinct from that of species in the genus Campephilus (Wetmore 1968). Drumming at a rate of one to three bursts a minute seems to be related to communication between pairs and territoriality. Lineated Woodpeckers also communicate by rapping (striking wood with hard single blows) usually in response to intruders (Kilham and O'Brien 1979).

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