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Hoffmann's Woodpecker -Female-

Hoffmann's Woodpecker -Female-
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Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-16 19:27
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Hoffmann's Woodpecker
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Hoffmann's Woodpecker

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Piciformes

Family: Picidae

Genus: Melanerpes

Species: M. hoffmannii

Binomial name
Melanerpes hoffmannii
(Cabanis, 1862)
Hoffmann's Woodpecker, Melanerpes hoffmannii, is a resident breeding bird from southern Honduras south to Costa Rica. It is a common species on the Pacific slopes, locally as high as 2150 m. It is expanding on the Caribbean slope, aided by deforestation. This is further facilitated by its tendency to wander about outside the breeding season.[1]

The adult Hoffmann's Woodpecker is 18 cm long and weighs 68g. Its upperparts and wings are neatly barred with black and white, and it has a white rump. The underparts are pale buff-grey with a yellow central belly patch. The male has a white forehead, red crown, and yellow nape. The female has a white crown and forehead and reduced yellow nape. Young birds are duller, have less white above and less yellow on the belly.

This common and conspicuous species gives a rattling wicka-wicka-wicka call and both sexes drum on territory.

The Golden-fronted Woodpecker replaces it to the north. It is very similar, but has a yellow forehead; also, the calls are very different. The two species hybridize at the Rio Pespire in Honduras.[1]

This woodpecker occurs in deciduous open woodland, second growth, shade trees and hedges, but avoids dense forest. It feeds on insects, often extracted from decaying wood, but will take substantial quantities of fruit and nectar and will mob the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl.

It nests in an unlined hole up to 9 m high in a dead tree. The clutch is two or three glossy white eggs, incubated by both sexes.

This woodpecker is named for the German naturalist Karl Hoffmann.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-16 22:01]
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Hello Luis
Nice portrait of this unknown woodpecker for me
Thanks for sharing

Good morning Luis,
you show us a wonderful picture of this woodpecker. Costa Rica must be a dream for bird watchers.
have a nice day.

Hello Luis,
What a catch....Excellent details and splendid colours.
Amazing sharpness and good focus. Great composition with
fantastic clarity. Very nice portrait of this wonderful woodpecker.
Congratulation and thanks for sharing!

Lovely close up of this remarkable Hoffmann's Woodpecker, Mr.Vargas! Great detail under fine moderate light! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Nice portrait Luis, good details and POV here.
Well done & Merry Christmas!

Bonjour Luis,
Il est domage que le sujet ne soit pas représenté en entier car la lumière et la profondeur de champ sont remarquables.
Merry Christmas et Happy New Year.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-19 7:38]

Hola Luis,
Stunning close up of this species I have not seen before. Your excellent image gives me a great introduction, thank you.

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