|Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
Colombian name: Carpintero de Robledales
|Los Cerritos, Risaralda, Colombia
The Acorn Woodpecker is distributed along the Pacific coast of the USA and from south-central USA through Central America to Colombia where it is found in the Andes at between 1,400 and 3,300 metres. See the distribution map at NatureServe. Its habitat is forest borders and lighter woodland particularly, as its name implies, oak Quercus.
|The sub-species in Colombia, M. f. flavigula differs from other sub-species in that the female has no
red on the head and the male only has a small patch of red on the back of the neck as seen in these images.
It feeds on acorns but also on insects and sap which it extracts from holes that it drills into trees.
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