June 13, 2017 – Magellanic Woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus)

These woodpeckers are found along the west coast of the southern tip of South America. Their diet is mainly wood-boring grubs, but also includes other insects, lizards, and baby birds. They are often seen in pairs or small family groups foraging for food in living and dead trees. During the breeding season, pairs excavate a new tree cavity or use one from a previous year. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. Females hunt small prey while males gather larger food items, which helps the pair avoid competing for resources. Chicks stay with their parents for two or three years.


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