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Hoffman's Woodpecker

(Melanerpes hoffmannii)

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Smallish black and white barred bird with light brown or brown-gray chest, yellowish belly, yellow at back of neck; longish, straight bill; male only has red on top of head;to 19cm (7.5in). (Carpintero de Hoffman, Pájaro Carpintero).


Low and middle elevations, northern Pacific slope (and small parts of Caribbean slope); prefers open, wooded sites such as forest edges, tree plantations, gardens with trees.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Palo Verde National Park.
Rincón de La Vieja National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Hoffman's Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii), Costa Rica