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Genus: Picoides

[edit] Description

Woodpeckers, mainly from North America and South America, one species in Europe and Asia.

[edit] Taxonomy

Picoides is a genus in the Family Picidae.
We follow the SACC proposals with moving one species into this genus (Smoky-brown Woodpecker) and two over into Veniliornis (Checkered Woodpecker and Striped Woodpecker).
More serious are comments in the same proposals that the genus Picoides is a non-natural entity and it is likely to be split or otherwise rearranged in a major way in the future. It will be exciting to see where all of this ends! Gill and Donsker so far place Nuttall's Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker in the genus Dryobates other species in the genus Leuconotopicus.

Genus Picoides viewedit
P. fumigatus Smoky-brown Woodpecker
P. villosus Hairy Woodpecker
P. arizonae Arizona Woodpecker
P. stricklandi Strickland's Woodpecker
P. borealis Red-cockaded Woodpecker
P. albolarvatus White-headed Woodpecker
P. tridactylus Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker
P. dorsalis American Three-toed Woodpecker
P. arcticus Black-backed Woodpecker

[edit] References

  1. SACC proposal to move Checkered Woodpecker and Striped Woodpecker
  2. SACC proposal to move Smoky-brown Woodpecker


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