Southern Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola


Taxonomic note

Colaptes rupicola and C cinereicapillus (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) were previously lumped as C. rupicola following Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993).

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2014 Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Low
Land mass type Average mass 174 g

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,190,000 medium
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Stable suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.3 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'fairly common' (Stotz et al. 1996).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Argentina N Extant Yes
Bolivia N Extant Yes
Chile N Extant Yes
Peru N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Bolivia Southern slopes of Tunari National Park (Vertiente Sur del Parque Nacional Tunari IBA)
Bolivia Lago Poopó y Río Laka Jahuira
Bolivia Reserva Biológica Cordillera de Sama
Bolivia Reserva Nacional de Flora y Fauna Tariquía
Bolivia Yungas Superiores de Apolobamba
Bolivia Yungas Superiores de Mosetenes y Cocapata
Peru Abra Málaga-Vilcanota
Peru Covire
Peru Laguna de los Cóndores-Atuén
Peru Champará
Peru Lago de Junín
Peru Marcapomacocha
Peru Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras
Peru Santuario Nacional del Ampay
Peru Santuario Histórico Machu Picchu
Peru Lago Parinacochas
Peru Santuario Nacional de Calipuy
Peru Cerro Huanzalá-Huallanca
Peru Milpo
Peru Cordillera Huayhuash
Argentina Reserva Provincial y de la Biosfera Laguna Blanca
Argentina Salar del Hombre Muerto
Argentina Alto Calilegua
Argentina Parque Nacional Calilegua
Argentina Caspala y Santa Ana
Argentina Laguna Los Enamorados
Argentina Laguna Guayatayoc
Argentina Lagunillas
Argentina Reserva Provincial de Uso Múltiple Laguna Leandro
Argentina Reserva Provincial Olaroz-Cauchari
Argentina Monumento Natural Laguna de Los Pozuelos
Argentina Cerro Negro de San Antonio
Argentina Lagunas Runtuyoc - Los Enamorados
Argentina Queñoales de Santa Catalina
Argentina Sistema de lagunas de Vilama-Pululos
Argentina Quebrada del Toro
Argentina Cuesta del Obispo
Argentina Yala
Argentina Yavi y Yavi Chico
Argentina Reserva Provincial Laguna Brava
Argentina Sierra de Santa Victoria
Argentina Socompá-Llullaillaco
Argentina Santa Victoria, Cañani y Cayotal
Argentina Luracatao y Valles Calchaquíes
Argentina Sierra de Zenta
Argentina Parque Nacional Campo de los Alisos
Argentina Parque Provincial Cumbres Calchaquíes
Argentina El Infiernillo
Argentina Cuesta del Clavillo
Argentina Parque Provincial La Florida
Argentina Reserva Natural de La Angostura
Argentina Parque Provincial Los Ñuñorcos y Reserva Natural Quebrada del Portugués
Peru Cotahuasi
Peru Laguna de los Cóndores
Chile Parque Nacional Lauca
Peru Cordillera Huayhuash y Nor-Oyón

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane major resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude major resident
Altitude 2000 - 5000 m Occasional altitudinal limits (min) 800 m

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Colaptes rupicola. Downloaded from on 22/03/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/03/2023.