Bird Families

Black-necked Golden Woodpecker / Colaptes atricollis

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Woodpecker (Colaptes agricola)

beautiful, brightly colored bird. Her body is black, the sides of the head, as well as the sides and front of the neck are golden yellow, the throat is white. The trunks of the flight feathers are golden yellow, the tail feathers are black, and the lining of the wings is golden ocher. The male and the female differ in the color of the whiskers, which are red in the male and black in the female.

The pampas woodpecker is a large bird with relatively long legs and a tail less rigid than that of other woodpeckers. The soft tail is poor support when climbing on a vertical surface, and therefore this woodpecker usually sits on the branches horizontally, across the branch, and climbs along the trunk only occasionally.

This peculiar bird is widespread in the pampas of South America.

During the breeding season, the male and female are pulled out in the steep bank of the river or in the steep slope of a hole, where the female lays eggs. Sometimes, when there are no such slopes and cliffs in which birds can dig a hole, some freestanding tree with very soft wood is chosen, where woodpeckers gouge themselves a hollow.

These birds feed on the ground and pecking at the invertebrates they meet. Sometimes they collect openly living insects on rare trees and bushes in the pampas. Occasionally, using their legs and beak, they dig out worms and insect larvae from the ground.

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