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Red-rumped Woodpeckers

Member of the Picidae Family: WoodpeckersSapsuckersFlickers


Distribution / Habitat:

The Red-rumped Woodpecker (Veniliornis kirkii): is a resident breeding bird from Costa Rica south and east to Ecuador, Venezuela, Trinidad, and Tobago. The habitat of this small woodpecker is forests, more open woodland, and cultivation.


Nesting / Breeding:

Two or three white eggs are laid in a nest hole in a dead tree.



The Red-rumped Woodpeckers is 16.5 cm long and weighs 28g. Adults are mainly golden-olive above with a few buff spots on the wings, and a red rump. Their buff-white underparts are finely barred with dark brown, and the tail is blackish brown. The bill is black. Adult males have a red crown and yellow nape. In adult females, the crown is dark brown, and the nape is orange-brown.



Red-rumped Woodpeckers mainly eat insects.


Call / Song:

The call of this bird is a repeated quee-quee-quee. Both sexes drum rapidly.


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