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West Indian Woodpecker
(Redirected from Melanerpes superciliaris superciliaris)
Alternative names: Bahama Woodpecker, Cayman Woodpecker
Black and white barred back and tail, grey to buff underparts with some barring on the lower belly and crissum, red nasal tufts; the male has a red crown and nape whereas the female only has a red nape.
Sometimes placed in genus Centurus. Distinctive race M. s. caymanensis is small and small-billed, with buff tinge on upperparts and little or no black on its face. It has been considered a separate species, the Cayman Woodpecker.
Forests, palm groves and mangrove forests.
They nest in holes excavated in dead trees and in live or dead palms. Its abandoned nest holes are often used by other species such as the Cuban Screech Owl, the Cuban Pygmy Owl, the Cuban Parrot and the Cuban Parakeet. One female will raise two broods with different males concurrently.
Includes insects, larvae, lizards, frogs and fruit.
Typical churr call a loud krrru, or repeated as krrruu-krrru-krrru.
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