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Threatened species
Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Birds of NE Brazil
in Caatinga, Cerrado,
and other habitats
Blond-crested Woodpecker
Celeus flavescens
Pica-pau-de-cabeça-amarela
Family: Picidae
RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Blond-crested Woodpecker (Celeus flavescens)
13/01/2010; Garden with banana plants in Guaramiranga, Ceará, Brazil. 300 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. Female Blond-crested Woodpecker Celeus flavescens posing on a bunch of bananas in Guaramiranga, Serra de Baturité, in the garden of a smallholding. I did not know that Blond-crested Woodpeckers eat bananas. In general, Celeus flavescens seems to be able to adapt to a variety of quite different habitats: arboreal Caatinga, humid forest, gardens, and surely many others. See Sick 1997 for more information about alimentation and habitats of this species.

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Blond-crested Woodpecker (Celeus flavescens)
03/04/2006; Fazenda Canaã, Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 2. The red malar area shows that this specimen is a male. The bird is in front of the entrance of a cavity where I already saw it, and a female, getting in and out repeatedly. Obviously, the pair is breeding there, and I believe they take turns in the cavity.

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