Large ‘woody woodpecker’ of tropical forest in lowlands and foothills. It also ranges into semi-open areas with tall trees, mangroves, and other lightly wooded habitats. The tufted red crest and black face distinguish it from adult Pale-billed Woodpecker, which often occurs in the same areas. Also, note that the white ‘braces’ on the back of Lineated are widely spaced, unlike Pale-billed. The laughing call suggests a flicker and very unlike calls of Pale-billed.