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Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Melanerpes pucherani

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Medium-sized woodpecker of humid evergreen forest and edge in tropical lowlands. Less numerous than larger and more conspicuous Golden-fronted Woodpecker, which often occurs in the same areas. Distinctive, with big black mask, white patch behind eye, black upperparts with narrow white bars, and big white rump patch. Male has full red crown. Female has grayish forecrown and red hindcrown.

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Neotropical Birds

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