Blood-colored Woodpecker (Veniliornis sanguineus)

Blood-colored Woodpecker

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Veniliornis sanguineus | [UK] Blood-colored Woodpecker | [FR] Pic rougatre | [DE] Blutrucken-Specht | [ES] Carpintero Sanguineo | [NL] Bloedrugspecht


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Male upperparts are crimson, including crown. Underparts dark brown with wite barring, tail black. Female crown is dark brown with white markings. bill and legs dark grey.

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 12 cm size max.: 13 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


South America : Guianas


Mangroves, lowlanmds, coffee plantations and swampy forest.


Hole is excavated by both adults in dead stump or tree low above grond (1-3 meter). Clutch size is 1-3 eggs incubated by both parents, male doing the better part. May roost in pairs or with an extra adult from former brood. No further details.

Feeding habits

Forages in trees and scrubs for insects like ants, beetles and caterpillars solitary or in pairs.


Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Blood-colored Woodpecker status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Blood-colored Woodpecker distribution range map

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