As the species’ habitat is still relatively prevalent, and due to probable inconspicuous habits, something that is characteristic of Celeus woodpeckers, Kaempfers’s woodpecker may be more numerous than currently thought. However, with so little known about this elusive species there is a pressing need for further surveys to determine the full extent of the species’ range and to make estimates of the population size (2).
SAVE Brasil has been working in partnership with Universidade Federal do Tocantins to identify new areas where Kaempfer’s woodpecker resides, and to study this enigmatic bird’s ecology, so that informed conservation recommendations can be made. So far, five new areas have been identified, one in the state of Tocantins and the other four in the state of Goiás, representing a significant expansion in the species’ known range. The next step is to implement an education project involving the local community and rural landowners, focusing on the conservation of the Kaempfers’s woodpecker habitat (6).