Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Social Woodpeckers: Magellanic Woodpecker

Some woodpeckers are, to varying degrees, social in nature. One such species is the Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus of South America which is often seen in foraging family clans of 3-5 individuals. Young Magellanics may remain in contact with their parents for 3-4 years after fledging. These three, one male above and one below a female, were photographed in Argentina in December 2010 (Gerard Gorman).


  1. I remember my first ever sighting of magellanic wodpecker was a family unit consisting of 6 birds, in Cerro Bayo, Neuquen, Arg. They stayed tightly knit foraging in nothofagus forest only a few feet from me for 30 mins. In the 14 years since that sighting I've yet to see such a noisy and confiding family group of this species. It remains my favorite picid!

  2. Thanks Dominic, yes, it is a memorable species!