Green-barred Woodpecker

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Common Name: Green-barred Woodpecker
Scientific Name: Colaptes melanochloros

Size: 10 ½ inches (27cm)

Habitat: South America. East and central South America from northeast Brazil to Bolivia and central Argentina. It is found in a variety of habitats from forest to caatinga and desert scrub.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: Unknown.

Diet: Feeds mostly on ants; also eats spiders, fruits and berries.

Breeding: The male has a red malar, while females are black.

Cool Facts: Woodpeckers have zygodactyl feet, with two toes pointing forward, and two backward. These feet, though adapted for clinging to a vertical surface, can be used for grasping or perching. The woodpecker's long tongue, in many cases as long as the woodpecker itself, can be darted forward to capture insects. The tongue is not attached to the woodpecker's head in the same way as it is in most birds, but instead it curls back up around its skull, which allows it to be so long.

Some consider the Green-barred Woodpecker to be the same species as the Golden-breasted Woodpecker

Found in Songbird ReMix Cool and Unusual Birds 2

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