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Black-cheeked Woodpecker

(Melanerpes pucherani)

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Smallish black and white barred bird with light grayish or olive chest; reddish belly; yellow forehead; black eye mask; white spot behind eye; male red at back of neck and top of head; female red at back of neck and black on top of head; longish, straight bill; to 19cm (7.5in). (Carpintero Carinegro, Pájaro Carpintero).


Low and some middle elevation wet forests, Caribbean slope; found in tree canopy in open, wooded sites such as forest edges, clearings, tree plantations.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani), Costa Rica