The red-crowned woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus) is a resident breeding bird from southwestern Costa Rica south to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and Tobago.

This woodpecker occurs in forests and semi-open woodland and cultivation. It nests in a hole in a dead tree or large cactus. The clutch is two eggs, incubated by both sexes, which fledge after 31–33 days.

Adults are 20.5 cm (8.1 in) long and weigh 48 g (1.7 oz). They have a zebra-barred black and white back and wings and a white rump. The tail is black with some white barring, and the underparts are pale buff-brown.

The male has a red crown patch and nape. The female has a buff crown and duller nape. Immature birds are duller, particularly in the red areas of the head and neck.

Red-crowned woodpeckers feed on insects, but will take fruit and visit nectar feeders.

This common and conspicuous species gives a rattling krrrrrl call and both sexes drum on territory.
Red-crowned Woodpecker
Date Location Count
2020-07-01 12:16Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino1
2020-06-28 08:46Vía Tiraya1
2020-06-18 09:03Barranquilla, Universidad del Norte2
2020-06-26 14:00PN Yurubí--Puesto de Guardaparques1
2020-06-16 07:11Pipeline Road (entrance to Juan Grande creek)1
2020-07-02 09:10Soberanía Lodge, Gamboa1
2020-07-08 17:21Canopy Bed & Breakfast1
2020-06-19 05:35Ammo Dump Ponds1
2020-07-06 17:29Gamboa (town)2
2020-07-06 06:31Tocumen--Hotel Riande Aeropuerto2
2020-07-05 08:44Tocumen International Airport2
2020-06-15 14:01Tocumen Marsh1
2020-06-29 17:49Parque Omar2
2020-07-02 17:08Parque Paitilla2
2020-07-07 07:33Cinta Costera2
2020-06-26 13:21Savegre Hotel1
2020-06-17 09:05La Piedra de Providencia1
2020-07-12 06:00La Chuma2
2020-07-09 06:41Farfán Antenna Field (historical)1
2020-07-08 13:04Jacó--Humedales Quebrada Bonita1
2020-06-22 06:42Rafiki Safari Lodge1
2020-07-09 05:40Naranjito2
2020-06-27 07:00Filas de Montemayor--Orillas del Río Cupira1
2020-07-11 05:30Portasol living Birder House2
2020-06-26 07:58Cordoncillo de Volcán1
2020-06-19 05:20PN Manuel Antonio1
2020-07-12 05:32Platanillo de PZ1
2020-07-12 07:00El Calvario (Caracas)1
2020-07-12 08:13Parque Los Caobos1
2020-07-12 07:43Jardín Botánico de Caracas1
2020-07-12 07:49Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas)2
2020-07-01 07:17Hacienda Baru3
2020-06-21 07:47PN El Ávila--Estribo de Duarte1
2020-06-21 06:19Rio Baru--river mouth3
2020-06-29 16:47PN El Ávila--La Julia2
2020-07-10 20:30PN El Ávila--Sector Santa Rosa1
2020-06-17 17:33Altos del Maria--Paseo Florencia2
2020-06-29 05:43La Cacatúa Lodge2
2020-06-30 07:06Uvita3
2020-07-04 08:40Hnos. Mayor, La Lagunita (Caracas)2
2020-07-11 14:36Jardín de Colibríes (propiedad privada)2
2020-06-27 14:50PN Marino Ballena--Playa Uvita1
2020-07-08 09:15Urb La Haciendita1
2020-07-10 08:25Embalse de Taiguayguay2
2020-06-14 07:07Vereda Río Necoclí2
2020-06-29 07:44Bosque Rio Negro2
2020-07-10 17:20Tinamou Cottage1
2020-07-11 08:41Volcán2
2020-07-08 05:35Sierpe--Finca 6 archaeological site (Museo Nacional)3
2020-07-12 06:39Finca Cantaros2
2020-07-08 16:10Sabanas de Coclé--Carretera a El Gago2
2020-06-26 11:22Finca 3Y2
2020-06-19 07:15Wilson Botanical Garden (OTS Las Cruces)4
2020-07-02 07:32Sierpe--Canal estero azul1
2020-06-19 08:00Macho de Monte2
2020-07-08 06:45Caldera2
2020-06-13 09:15Carretera a Juan Hombrón4
2020-07-02 06:45Rio Chiriquí Nuevo Reservoir3
2020-06-23 18:40Cerro Pelón2
2020-06-13 11:24Laguna de Juan Hombrón4
2020-06-26 10:09La Gamba1
2020-06-21 05:09Esquinas Rainforest Lodge1
2020-06-20 05:29Ciudad Neily rice fields south of Hospital3
2020-07-05 12:56Coto 47--Las Pangas2
2020-06-20 08:44David1
2020-06-18 07:00Humedal los Lagos, Ocaña
2020-06-13 08:25Playa La Barqueta--Quebrada Guásimo1
2020-07-10 10:17Bosque del Cabo (Osa)2
2020-06-25 15:24Playa El Arenal1
2020-06-17 11:30Sendero del Libertador1
2020-07-01 16:23Finca Los Colibries, Yarumal2
2020-06-19 08:51Pauxi pauxi ProAves Reserve1
2020-06-27 06:47Vereda La Clara1
2020-07-10 06:21Las Tangaras ProAves Reserve2
2020-06-18 16:23IE Cañaveral, Sede Marco Fidel Suárez, La Pradera, Victoria Caldas, CO1
2020-06-17 06:54Marquetalia1
2020-07-01 06:29Alegrías1
2020-07-01 06:27Vereda La Primavera1
2020-07-09 05:40Hotel Tinamú Birding Nature Reserve2
2020-06-16 09:13Bosque San Francisco1
2020-07-11 08:06Distrito de Manejo Integrado Guasimo
2020-06-22 07:13RN Cauquitá2
2020-06-15 09:29Bioparque Bonita Farm1
2020-07-04 05:30Reserva Biológica Los Carpinteros1
2020-06-28 09:42Corredor Ecológico La Dulcera--Sector La Bombonera1
2020-07-07 16:22Cartago, Madrevieja la Zapata3
2020-07-04 06:27Cartago, Parque De La Salud2
2020-07-09 16:156-27 Carrera 23, Cartago, Valle del Cauca, CO (4,731, -75,911) Club Campestre De Cartago3
2020-06-13 16:45Agro Parque Sabio Mutis1
2020-06-20 06:10Vereda La Revancha2
2020-07-07 08:31Parque Tematico Cafetero Finca La Pedregoza, San Antonio del Tequendama2
2020-06-28 06:00Casa Tangara1
2020-06-19 06:26Clarita Botero1
2020-07-04 06:30Vereda Pisamal3
2020-06-20 10:40Qawana Reserva Natural2
2020-06-19 09:34Complejo Lagunar - Llano del Combeima1
2020-06-27 06:00Club Campestre El Bosque1
2020-06-14 08:52Valle del San Juan1
2020-07-01 17:37Río Manacacias--Puerto Gaitán a Río Meta2
2020-06-20 08:12Puente Los Patos3
2020-07-09 06:17Finca Ronda Gyrola1
2020-06-25 11:10Bosque de las Mercedes2
2020-06-22 09:21Granada cali2
2020-07-01 08:39RN Nirvana1
2020-07-11 06:22Parque El Gato de Tejada2
2020-07-05 09:06Parque del Acueducto--Colonial San Antonio2
2020-07-11 06:00Pichindé (corregimiento)2
2020-07-08 15:00Ecoparque de La Bandera1
2020-07-11 07:42Parque del Ingenio1
2020-07-11 08:45Parque Multicentro--Ruta del Sirirí1
2020-07-02 07:00Río Lili--Ciudad Jardín2
2020-06-14 16:00Parque de La Babilla2
2020-07-11 08:33Bosque Escondido2
2020-06-29 06:04Reserva De La Sociedad Civil Chorro De Plata1
2020-07-05 07:00Colegio Colombo Britanico7
2020-07-04 07:00Arrozales de Jamundí4
2020-07-03 16:00Cañón de los Ídolos, Palermo - Huila.1
2020-07-10 07:45Parque Jardín Botánico de Neiva 'Bertha Hernández de Ospina'5
2020-07-02 07:00Laguna El Juncal3