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The Red-necked Woodpecker (Campephilus rubricollis) is the most common large woodpecker in much of northern South America, where it is found from Venezuela and the Guianas through the Amazonian basin to northern Bolivia and eastern Peru. Red-necked Woodpeckers occur in rain forest, terra firme (non-flooded) and várzea forests and cloud forest, forest edge, light second growth, semi-open woodland on sand, and riverine woodland in savanna regions. This is mainly a lowland species, usually not ranging above 600 m (although it is known from up to 1800 m in southern Venezuela and northwestern Brazil and even 2400 m in La Paz, Bolivia). Red-necked Woodpeckers are often found in pairs or small family groups feeding conspicuously, especially from middle to upper heights on trunks and limbs of tall trees, although they feed also lower down and in the canopy. Known foods include large larvae of beetles and pyralid moths.

(Winkler et al. 1995 and references therein; Winkler and Christie 2002 and references therein; del Hoyo et al. 2014 and references therein)

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