A small, short-tailed woodpecker with a brown back. Note the white facial streaks that frame a dark cheek. Males have a red back of the cap and females a completely dark cap. Found in a variety of open habitats, including savanna, woodland, scrub, and forest edge. Most similar to Cardinal Woodpecker, but separated by the dark cheek and the plain brown back. Vocalizations include a series of several wailing notes and a quiet rattling.