Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||Yellow-tufted Woodpecker|
|French||Pic à chevron d'or|
|Spanish (Ecuador)||Carpintero Penachiamarillo|
|Spanish (Peru)||Carpintero de Penacho Amarillo|
|Spanish (Spain)||Carpintero azulado|
|Spanish (Venezuela)||Carpintero Negro|
|Turkish||Sarı Kaşlı Ağaçkakan|
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Dubbed by one author the "harlequins of the forest canopy" (Hilty 2003), the colorful and noisy Yellow-tufted Woodpecker is common and conspicuous throughout the Amazon region of eastern South America. Highly social, these woodpeckers are seen most often in groups of 3-8. They make their presence known with frequent vocalizations and often perch out in the open. Yellow-tufted is a small, mostly black woodpecker with a white rump, and an elaborate yellow facial tuft that extends from a yellow eye ring; it also has a red belly. Yellow-tufted Woodpeckers are omnivorous and inhabit humid forests, forest borders, and clearings with tall dead trees. Yellow-tufted Woodpecker nests somewhat communally with multiple nests in a given area tended by family helpers from previous generations.