Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A worldwide community photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Striped woodpecker, female

Veniliornis lignarius

Description:

This little woodpecker, is possible to found in southwestern South America. The male is similar to the female, but has on his head a red spot.

Habitat:

Living in areas of scrub and forest edges

Notes:

This species was long placed in the genus Picoides where it was, together with its sister species, considered something of an oddball. In 2006, Moore et al. published research on mtDNA COI and Cyt b sequences which suggests that the Striped and Checkered Woodpeckers are actually most closely related to the White-spotted Woodpecker, Veniliornis spilogaster, a peculiar Picoides-like species which also was hitherto unique in its genus. Pd: the yellow color is due to the small "mushrooms" on the bark of trees

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

2 Comments

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 12 years ago

Keep up the good work

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Wonderful spotting!

Ovalle, IV Región de Coquimbo, Chile

Spotted on May 6, 2010
Submitted on Jul 6, 2012

Related Spottings

Carpinterito Little Woodpecker Yellow-eared Woodpecker Red-stained Woodpacker

Nearby Spottings

Green-backed firecrown Burrowing owl Butterfly on Lichen Spotting
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team