Friday, January 29, 2010

Robust Woodpecker with a Lineated Woodpecker

Originally posted 4/4/13 - backdated to organize posts by topic.

Here is an interesting photo out of the Atlantic Forest in Argentina by field researcher Dr. Martjan Lammertink. It features a male Robust Woodpecker, a member of the Campephilus genus, at the cavity entrance, along with a male Lineated Woodpecker, a member of the Dryocopus genus, outside on the tree trunk. The Lineated Woodpecker is often confused with another member of the Campephilus genus, the Crimson-crested Woodpecker, both of which are very wide-ranging species. I could sure imagine the Robust Woodpecker saying something like "Hey, move along buddy!" to this fellow woodpecker! To see more photos by Martjan Lammertink, visit:

Incidentally, this photo reminds me of the time I observed four species of woodpeckers all visiting the pear tree in my family's backyard at the same time one fine autumn day in Queens, NYC. Those four species, representing four different genera, were Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Sure wish I had a photo of all of them as fine as this one!


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