BIRD OF THE WEEK — Blond-Crested Woodpecker — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Celeus flavescens
TREND: Probably decreasing
HABITAT: Lowland tropical and dry forests, shrubland, and savanna

The striking Blond-crested Woodpecker sports a bushy, pointed crest that gives the bird a “big-headed” look. Males also have a bright red malar (cheek) patch.

Blond-crested Woodpeckers eat fruits and berries, making this bird an important seed disperser. But like other members of the genusCeleus, including the Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, the Blond-crested Woodpecker primarily eats tree ants and termites.

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