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Magellanic woodpecker

Campephilus magellanicus


Male magellenanic woodpecker


Southern beeches forest


This male magellanic woodpecker was spotted near the border (Argentina/Chile) Patagonian town of El Chaltén, while hiking towards Laguna des Los Tres and Mount FitzRoy. Its loud wood-knocking gave it away. Several females were also spotted around. With its red head and crest the male made a more photogenic subject than the mostly black female though!

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DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Marco. I'd better find them!

I'll be waiting for those picture!!! ;-)

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Great picture Daniele!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Ashish and Marco! Marco I saw quite a few of these above El Chaltén at the time. There were 2-3 females around, I realize now I still haven't uploaded those shots:-)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Hi Adwait... Please stop commenting with text copied from reference website... add only your own opinion.

adwaitnaravane 9 years ago

The Magellanic Woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus) is a very large woodpecker found along the Andes of Chile and southwestern Argentina; it is resident within its range. This species is the southern-most example of the genus Campephilus, which includes the famous Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Magellanic Woodpecker female

Magellanic Woodpecker female
The Magellanic Woodpecker is 45 cm (18 in) in length.[1] Males of this species weigh 312-363 g (11-13 oz), and females weigh 276-312 g (9.7-11 oz). They are the largest South American woodpeckers and one of the largest woodpeckers in the world (Black Woodpeckers and Great Slaty Woodpeckers are the only larger extant species).
This species is mainly black, with a white wing patch and a grey, chisel-like beak. Males have a crimson head and crest. Females have a mainly black head, but there is an area of red coloration near the base of the bill. Juvenile Magellanic Woodpeckers resemble females of the species, but have a smaller crest and are browner in color. In its range, this bird is unmistakable in appearance.
Magellanic Woodpeckers inhabit mature Nothofagus and Nothofagus-Austrocedrus forests, where they feed mainly on grubs and adult beetles, but also on small reptiles.[2] They breed in late fall to early winter, digging a nest cavity 5-15m above the ground. Females lay 1-4 eggs.
The most common calls of the Magellanic Woodpecker are a nasal “keé-yew” and “pi-caá”. Like many species in Campephilus, their drum is a loud double knock.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Missed from Red Mission.. Nice spotting Daniele...

Wow, good pic Daniele! Frequently I saw it in family group around 5 birds... sorry for my English! Regards ;)

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Santa Cruz, Argentina

Spotted on Apr 6, 2009
Submitted on Apr 12, 2011

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