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Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos)

Crimson-crested Woodpecker
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Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos)

This species is medium-large for a woodpecker, weighing about 225 to 280 grams, or about 8 to nearly 10 ounces. By comparison our native North American Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) weighs from about 250 to 400 grams.

These birds are fairly common and resilient, being able to live in second growth forest and tree plantations. They have a typical woodpecker diet mostly consisting of insects found in trees and branches by pecking away at the bark, but supplemented by small berries and other fruit. They may be at any level of the forest or woodland, but usually forage at the mid-level.

They often move about in pairs, male and female, the latter distinguished by more black, less red, about the head. They show considerable variation. I have shown a male.

Both sexes carve out the nest cavity, and tend to the young, but for such a common, colorful, and widespread species relatively little is known about their breeding habits. The painting is about 20 by 15 inches, in acrylics, on illustration board.

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