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Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Melanerpes pucherani

Description:

This woodpecker measure 18.5 cm long and weighs 63 g. It has black upperparts with white barring on the back, white spotting on the wings and a white rump. The tail is black with some white barring, and the underparts are pale buff-olive with a red central belly. There is a black patch through the eyes and on the cheeks, a yellow forehead, and a red nape. The crown is red in the male and black in the female. Young birds are duller, have less white above and less red on the belly. It is found from Mexico to Ecuador, in Costa Rica it occurs in the Caribbean lowlands .

Habitat:

Rainforest Caribbean lowlands

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Jonathan Sequeira
Spotted by
Jonathan Sequeira

Provincia Heredia, Costa Rica

Spotted on Nov 15, 2016
Submitted on Nov 19, 2016

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