The Red-crowned woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus) has a zebra-barred black and white back and wings and a white rump. The tail is black with some white barring, and the underparts are pale buff-brown.The male has a red crown patch and nape. The female has a buff crown and duller nape. It is a resident breeding bird from Central America and northern South America. It occurs in forests and semi-open woodland and cultivation.