|Chequered Woodpecker (Picoides mixtus)
(aka Checkered/Checked Woodpecker)
|Guaraí, Tocantins, Brazil
The Chequered Woodpecker is found from north-east Brazil to central Argentina and is found in a variety of open woodland habitats including this cerrado habitat in Tocantins.
|The male in the second photograph shows the red nape which is absent in the female in the first photo. The subspecies shown here, P. m. cancellatus is noticeably browner than subspecies found further south.
They are quite small woodpeckers at about 14 cms (5½") and are noted for foraging on twigs and branches rather than on main trunks. They eat both insects and seeds.