Yellow-browed Woodpecker (Piculus aurulentus)
(aka White-browed Woodpecker)
Female White-browed Woodpecker, Parque Estadual Cantareira, São Paulo, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Parque Estadual Cantareira, São Paulo, Brazil
July 2001

The Yellow-browed Woodpecker is considered Near-threatened by Birdlife International given the reduction in its Atlantic Forest habitat. It is found in south-east Brazil and in adjacent Paraguay and Argentina.

It has a very colourful head with the male coloured red crown / yellow / black / yellow / red malar stripe / yellow throat. The female seen in this photo, lacks the red of the male except on the nape although there is also a hint of red in the malar stripe. Both sexes have greeny-brown upperparts and underparts with dark stripes on white.

I must admit that the change in name from "White-browed" to "Yellow-browed" makes a lot of sense.

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