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Red-crowned Woodpecker

(Melanerpes rubricapillus)

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Smallish black and white barred bird with light brown, grayish, or olive chest and reddish belly; male red at back of neck and top of head; female red at back of neck and white ontop of head; longish, straight bill; to 18cm (7in). (Carpintero Nuquirrojo, Pájaro Carpintero).


Low and middle elevations, southern Pacific slope; prefers open, wooded sites such as forest edges, clearings, tree plantations.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

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.

Red-crowned Woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus), Costa Rica