Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Sitio realizado por aficionados a la observación de aves desde 10 de enero 2006

Campo Flicker - Colaptes campestris

Before Field Flicker
Order: Piciformes - Family: Picidae
Status: Resident - Scarce - Breeder. Habitat: Woods and grassland


© José L. Merlo
It belongs to the same genus Colpates as teh Green-barred Woodpecker. Theri songs and habits are similar. Nevertherless, this woodpecker is not seen/heard in every walk and it is found more in the sidewalk or boulevard across the reserve than inside it.
Adult Male
Carpintero campestre M/Campo Flicker M© J. Simón Tagtachian
Golden-yellow face and breast. Black crown and nape. Whitish throat. Red malar stripe
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker© J. Simón Tagtachian
Upperparts barred dark brown and white. Underparts whitish barred brown
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker© J. Simón Tagtachian
Yellowish patch on primaries
Adult Female
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker© Sergio cusano
It differs from the male in that the malar stripe is white and black. They share the other characteristics
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker© Nicolás Giorgio
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker
© J. Simón Tagtachian
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker© Claudia y Diego Bastías
The Campo Flicker is not a year-all-round bird at the reserve as the Green-barred Woodpecker is. It may be found on the outer sidewalk very frequently.
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker7 1 17 © Sergio Cusano
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker7 1 17 © Sergio Cusano
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker7 1 17 © Sergio Cusano
Carpintero campestre/Field Flicker© J. Simón Tagtachian
A male with a muddy bill. Besides excavating trunks to eat insects woodpeckers introduce their bills into the ground or ant burrows to forage. They only need to stick their long tongue out to catch ants. The tongue gets covered by a sticky substance which is segregated by the salivary glands and ants stick to it.
© Cora Rimoldi
Carpintero campestre/Campo Flicker11 2008 © Jorge García Vicente
Behaviour in front of glasses. See "The birds and their image"
More photos since 2013