Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (Centurus chrysogenys) nesting
The very first footage ever made from inside its nest!
This woodpecker species is endemic to the Pacific slope of Mexico from Sinaloa to Oaxaca. Both sexes are of similar size (19 – 22 cm) and both have upperparts barred in black and white. To distinguish in between sexes, focus on the birds’ heads. While both male’s and female’s nape are yellow-orange, only male possesses a red crown. Male and female never seem to be too far apart and although they might be occasionally feeding on different trees, they almost constantly keep in touch through loud vocalization.
Very little is known about this species reproduction. This footage is to our knowledge the very first peek into its nest! It shows a single woodpecker chic being fed by both the male and the female.