Chestnut-coloured Woodpecker (Celeus castaneus)

The Chestnut-colored Woodpecker is one of the fanciest of the woodpeckers in Central America. It is a member of the genus Celeus, which is composed of numerous “chestnut” colored woodpeckers, all of which also have a characteristic “hammer-head” crest. The Chestnut-colored occurs farther north than any of its congeners, ranging from southern Mexico south to extreme northwestern Panama. Overall the bird is bright chestnut-brown. The crest is a paler light rufous-brown, the underparts and back have extensive black chevron-shaped scaling, it has a red “mustache” stripe, and the bill is light yellow.

IMG_9699 IMG_0042 IMG_0048It is found in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama, so you will need a Central American award to get within their range.  My best sightings were at Laguna del Lagarto Lodge in Costa Rica.





Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Foraging and “woodpecking” for food.


  • Gaurav


  • Gaurav

    Ah, it finally worked! hi Tara–I’ve been trying to leave a comment on the blog post where we were originally chatting about TRC but for some reason I keep getting an error message about humancaptcha but there is no human question on the comment section of that post. Very frustrating. I tried to comment on the post where you said you would be implementing the technology and for some reason that wouldn’t work either despite my entering the correct answer so I am glad to see this is working.

    Anyways, I wanted to thank you about the resources you posted that led us to TRC. It was an amazing experience for us and has really piqued my curiosity about doing more eco-trips. Look forward to your post about your India trip since that is home and it would be great to combine it with an eco-lite vacation. I don’t suppose there is a lot I can do for thanks but I did use your link to sign up for pointshound so hopefully you see a few extra miles from it.Thanks again!

  • Hi Gaurav, Sorry about the HumanCaptcha glitch. I am not sure what happened, one other person said they were also having a problem with it. I put in a support ticket which hasn’t been answered yet (maybe closed over Christmas/New Years).

    I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed TRC. I LOVE that place so much and am planning a return trip in 2016. I’ve just been holding off the India & Sri Lanka reports until the New Year as so many people are away, then they come back to 2000 posts in their rss readers. Thanks for using my link to join Pointshound!