Bluish-black color with two white stripes on the back, only the male has a scarlet head. The females has a red base of its beak, and like its young, the head is black with a tuft of distinct length in the front. Lives in trees, eats principally insects and larvae found in the trunks of trees which they punch with their beaks, which are hard and have a chisel-like form. These are climbing birds which build their nests in tree hollows and put there between 2 to 8 brilliant white eggs.
Distribution: From the Bío-Bío river to the Beagle channel.