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Variations on a grand theme...

This Cream-backed Woodpecker, by guide Dan Lane from his most recent Bolivia's Avian Riches tour, is a variation on a grand theme of woodpeckers. This species is in the genus Campephilus, a group of impressive, crow-sized woodpeckers ranging throughout most of the Americas. Most famous of all, perhaps, were two giants, Imperial and Ivory-billed, both now likely long extinct. But joining these are some big stars we see regularly on our Neotropical tours, birds such as Powerful, Crimson-bellied, Red-necked, Robust, Crimson-crested, Pale-billed, Guayaquil, and Magellanic join the Cream-backed shown here. Cream-backed Woodpeckers occur in Bolivia and adjacent northern Argentina and southeast Brazil, and in size and beauty they give Ivory-bills a run for the money. We also typically also see the big and more widespread Red-necked and Crimson-crested cousins on the tour, along with about a dozen other woodpeckers to add to the fun among the nearly 450 species on just the main tour (there's an optional extension to boot).

Dan's returning to Bolivia this September with our 2018 group, and there is still one space open as of this writing. If magnificent woodpeckers, along with some spectacular scenery and a whole slew of endemic and hard-to-see-elsewhere species sound like a great excuse to get away, consider joining us.

You can view Dan's 2016 illustrated triplist at the link below. It will give you a great taste of that year's tour.


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