18-19 cms. Male: Head with black forehead and crown; Red front neck and black back. White sides of the face with a blackish band that crosses the eye and reaches the rear ear area. Back and back with black and white crossbars. Wings and black blankets with white spots; White interior covers. Chest, abdomen and subcaudales whitened with yellowish tint and blackish bars. Female: Without the red of the neck.
Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. In scattered trees of meadows, faldeos, orchards and plantations; Wooded areas of the south.
It feeds on worms, larvae and insects that seeks among the cracks of logs or drilling the trunks of rotten trees with its robust peak. It begins to nest around October in the central provinces and towards the summer in the rainy areas of the south. It drills with its beak in some trunk or thick branch, a hole, which fills in the bottom with the same sawdust of the drilling as a protective mattress. Clutch 3 to 4 eggs white and shiny, elongated and thin shell, which makes them very fragile
Lat: -41.66, Long: -73.57
Spotted on May 23, 2017
Submitted on May 23, 2017