Magellanic Woodpecker Facts   

  • Name:
    Carpintero Negro, Carpintero Gigante/ Magellanic Woodpecker
  • Scientific Name:
    Campephilus magellanicus
  • Family:
    Picidae
  • Size:
    40- 45 cm (17,4 – 19,6 in)
 
Magellanic Woodpecker

Distribution:

From O´higgins region to Magallanes

Residence:

annual resident

Habitat:

Mature forest of Nothofagus (Beach Forest)

Food Habits:

Insectivore (they hunt for they food by making cavities in the trunk of trees; their presence in the forest can be heard by their continuous pecking)

Reproduction:

They nest in tree cavities and lay 3 to 5 eggs

Observations:

They have sexual dimorphism, the male have red head while the female has a black head with a little crest and a red spot on the chest

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