A PEARL IN NATURE THE COLAPTES AURATUS
Saturday, September 18, 2010 2:41:44 PM
Unmistakable near size of Green Woodpecker,with pale brown upper parts,coverts and terials with coarse,blackish barring,and black spots on under parts .
Has Broad black breast patch,large white rump patch,yellow to pinkish orange under wing and under tail.
The male of eastern populations shows largely greyish pinkish face and neck with with a black moustachial stripe and a red band across the nape.
The female lacks male's black moustachial stripe.
The juvenile resembles the adult male but shows less black markings.
The 1 winter are the primaries new and contrast slightly with the more worn secondaries .
The iris is more grey brown than in the adult.
Breeds over most of N-America,on the E-coast as far North as Labrador and Newfoundland. Also In central America and on Cuba the northern populations are migratory.
This species have be seen In Europe Namely In Ireland In 1962,also scotland. Its a lovely Woodpecker, a pearl of the family PICIDAE