Golden-green Woodpecker (Piculus chrysochloros)

Golden-green Woodpecker

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Piculus chrysochloros | [UK] Golden-green Woodpecker | [FR] Pic vert dore | [DE] Bronzespecht | [ES] Carpintero Verdiamarillo | [NL] Bronsspecht


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Piculus chrysochloros LA Panama to Venezuela, Amazonia, se Brazil
Piculus chrysochloros aurosus Panama
Piculus chrysochloros capistratus se Colombia and nw Brazil to Suriname
Piculus chrysochloros chrysochloros c and s Brazil to Bolivia, w Paraguay and n Argentina
Piculus chrysochloros guianensis French Guiana
Piculus chrysochloros hypochryseus w Brazil and n Bolivia
Piculus chrysochloros laemostictus nw Brazil
Piculus chrysochloros paraensis ne Brazil
Piculus chrysochloros polyzonus se Brazil
Piculus chrysochloros xanthochlorus n Colombia, nw Venezuela

Physical charateristics

Male nape, crown and malar streak crimson, sides of the head are olive with a yellow band beneath the eyes. wings and tails olive with a broad orange rufous across the primaries. Belly barred olive-white and the lining on the wings cinnamon-chestnut. The female lacks the crimson malar streak and the fore-crown is bright yellow. Bill black except grey basal part of lower mandible. Legs grey green.

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Latin America : Panama to Venezuela, Amazonia, Southeast Brazil


Found in a variety of forests from rain forest to deciduous, savanna patches, high trees in clearing and forest edges. Mostly near water or marshes.


Nest-hole in tree or arboreal insect nests. No further data.

Feeding habits

Gleans ants and termites from the subcanopy, mostly by extenisve use of tongue. Is observed to excavate to reach prey. Forages single or in pairs.


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.
Golden-green Woodpecker status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Golden-green Woodpecker distribution range map

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