AppearanceThe lineated woodpecker is 31.5 to 36 cm long. It resembles the closely related pileated woodpecker of United States and Canada.
Adults are mainly black above, with a red crest and whitish lines from the base of the bill, down the neck and shoulders . The underparts are whitish, heavily barred with black. They show white on the wings in flight. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat and a red forehead. In adult females, these plumage features are black. The bill is typically black in both sexes, though pale-billed individuals regularly are seen.
The call of this widespread but wary bird is a loud, ringing ''wic-wic-wic''. Both sexes drum.
In most of its range, it is most likely confused with the crimson-crested woodpecker , which is similar in plumage and size. In the female of that species, the light face line is far broader, and the white shoulder lines meet on the back lower back . The male crimson-crested woodpecker is quite different with its almost entirely red head.
Naming* ''D. l. scapularis'' – : found in western Mexico . The white stripe on the sides of the face is reduced or lacking; also smaller than ''similis'' and nominate ''lineatus''. Bill pale, pale horn, dull white, or bluish white.
⤷ ''D. l. similis'' – : found in eastern and southern Mexico south to northwestern Costa Rica. Bill pale, pale horn, dull white, or bluish white. Underparts buffy. Body mass is 136–181 g .
⤷ ''D. l. lineatus'' – : nominate, found in eastern and southern Costa Rica south to western Colombia and east to Trinidad, the Guianas and northeastern and eastern Brazil , and south to eastern Peru, northern Paraguay and south central Brazil . Bill dark. Body mass is 186–228 g .
⤷ ''D. l. fuscipennis'' – : found in western Ecuador and northwestern Peru. Bill dark. Smaller than nominate ''lineatus''. Plumage browner, less black.
⤷ ''D. l. erythrops'' – : found in eastern Paraguay, northern and northeastern Argentina and southeastern Brazil. Bill dark. Larger than nominate. White scapular lines often reduced; generally the scapular lines are absent in southern populations, but the "proportion of individuals with scapular lines increases towards range of nominate ''lineatus''" . Body mass is 216–264 g .
HabitatThe habitat of this species is forest borders and other open woodland. It is not generally a mountain bird, though it has occasionally been recorded in the uplands Three white eggs are laid in a nest hole is in a dead tree and incubated by both sexes. The young are fed by regurgitation.
Lineated woodpeckers chip out holes, often quite large, while searching out insects in trees. They mainly eat insects, especially ants, beetles and their larvae, with some seeds, such as from ''Heliconia'', and fruits, berries, and nuts.
Lineated woodpeckers breed March–April in Panama, April–May in Belize, and February–April in Trinidad and Suriname. Nest cavities are excavated in dead trees at variable heights, from 2 to 27 m above the ground. Both sexes excavate the nests, which are about 45 cm deep, 13 cm × 18 cm wide, and have an entrance about 9 cm in diameter. Clutch size ranges from 2–4 eggs . Males and females take 2–3 hour shifts incubating during the day, but only males incubate at night. Chicks are fed about once an hour by both parents through regurgitation; the female does most of the feeding while the male guards the nest. Incubation and fledging periods not documented.
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