|Striped Woodpecker Veniliornis lignarius
(aka Picoides lignarius)
Chilean name: Carpinterito
|Fray Jorge N. P., Chile
The Striped Woodpecker is distributed in Chile from Fray Jorge N. P. just south of La Serena where these photos were taken down to the far south of Chile and into adjacent areas of Argentina. There is a disjunct population in southern Bolivia and the extreme north-west of Argentina. It is found in open forest and woodland and dense scrub.
It is a small, mainly black and white woodpecker with barring on the upperparts and streaks on the underparts.The crown is dark and there is a dark line through the eyes surrounded by two whitish stripes.
|The male has reddish-orange patch on the rear of the crown which is missing in the female.
Photos 2 and 3 show it probing with its tongue for wood-boring larvae.