PicidPics features photos of picids, including woodpeckers, piculets and wrynecks by Martjan Lammertink and Julio Pérez Cañestro. The site also features photos of woodpecker researchers in the field and photos of secondary cavity users.
This photo shows the bird's pale creamy mantle in excellent detail. The male has a bright red head with black and white marks at the lower rear edge of its ear coverts. Like some Campephilus relatives, the Cream-backed Woodpecker has a striking chisel-shaped, ivory-colored bill.
You can also see here the long toe that the large Campephilus woodpeckers extend to their side to secure their stance against a tree. It's a good brace against gravity! You'd probably extend your arms out to either side like this if you found yourself braced against a cliff on a narrow ledge.
The Cream-backed Woodpecker inhabits subtropical and dry tropical forests in south central South America in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Unlike several of its close relatives, this species occurs in savannas, and it can be observed visiting isolated trees in open areas.