Yellow-throated Woodpecker (Piculus flavigula)

Yellow-throated Woodpecker

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Picidae | [latin] Piculus flavigula | [UK] Yellow-throated Woodpecker | [FR] Pic a gorge jaune | [DE] Gelbkehl-Specht | [ES] Carpintero Gorgigualdo | [NL] Geelkeelspecht


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Piculus flavigula SA Amazonia, se Brazil
Piculus flavigula erythropis e and se Brazil
Piculus flavigula flavigula e Colombia and s Venezuela through the Guianas, n Brazil
Piculus flavigula magnus ne Ecuador and se Colombia to n Bolivia, w Brazil

Physical charateristics

Male has a yellow showing red all over the crown and with a red malar stripe. The female shows red only on the nape. The upperparts are yellowish-green and underparts white with distinctive black scales. The male of the subspecies found in eastern Brazil, P. f. erythropis has an entirely red throat.

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South America : Amazonia, Southeast Brazil


It is found in forest and forest edges along riversides also drier forest like the caatinga forest in eastern Brazil.


Excavates a hole in stub not too high up, less than 15 meter. No further data.

Feeding habits

Diet consists mainly of ants which are gleaned and probed from trees. Also flakes of pies of bark. Found in subcanopy to treetops.


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.
Yellow-throated Woodpecker status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Yellow-throated Woodpecker distribution range map

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