Spot-breasted Woodpecker (Colaptes punctigula)

Spot-breasted Woodpecker

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Colaptes punctigula | [UK] Spot-breasted Woodpecker | [FR] Pic de Cayenne | [DE] Tupfelbrust-Specht | [ES] Carpintero Moteado | [NL] Vlekborstgrondspecht


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Colaptes punctigula LA Panama through n SA, Amazonia
Colaptes punctigula guttatus Upper Amazonia
Colaptes punctigula punctigula the Guianas
Colaptes punctigula punctipectus e Colombia and Venezuela
Colaptes punctigula striatigularis wc Colombia
Colaptes punctigula ujhelyii e Panama to n Colombia
Colaptes punctigula zuliae nw Venezuela

Physical charateristics

In the male fore-crown black, hind-crown, nape and moustache crimson. Lores and sides of head white, back and wings barred olive, rump saffron with some black spots. Breast and flanks olive with black spots. Female has no moustachial streak. Bill and legs black.

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Latin America : Panama through North South America, Amazonia


Inhabits a wide variety of habitats from very moist to dry forests and mangroves, open woodland and gallery and riperian forest. Mostly found in open woodlands not dense forest.


Nest excavated by both sexes is a hole in dead or living tree. No further data.

Feeding habits

Ants and ants eggs are gleaned and probed from middle and lower strata. Also forages on ground, mainly atnhills. Usually seen feeding in pairs or families.


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 increasing, 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.
Spot-breasted Woodpecker status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Spot-breasted Woodpecker distribution range map

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