Cream-colored Woodpecker (Celeus flavus)

Cream-colored Woodpecker

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Celeus flavus | [UK] Cream-colored Woodpecker | [FR] Pic jaune | [DE] Strohspecht | [ES] Carpintero Amarillo | [NL] Strogele Specht


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Celeus flavus SA Amazonia, se Brazil
Celeus flavus flavus e Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas to E Ecuador, W Brazil and N Bolivia
Celeus flavus peruvianus e Peru
Celeus flavus subflavus e Brazil
Celeus flavus tectricialis ne Brazil

Physical charateristics

It is overall colored creamy yellow, except the wingtips and tail, which are much darker. Males also have dark rings around their eyes. It has a large yellowish crest which is always raised. Unmistakable in its range.

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South America : Amazonia, Southeast Brazil


A variety of humid forest mostly near water, like mangroves, rainforest, forest edges and woodland. Also plantations.


No data

Feeding habits

Forages in the lower and middle strata of trees (sometimes canopy) for ants and insects. Also eats fruit and seeds. Descends sometimes to the ground, but it not often seen in the open. Will spend much time opening arboreal termite or ant nests.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not 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.
Cream-colored Woodpecker status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Cream-colored Woodpecker distribution range map

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