Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes chrysogenys) - HBW 7, p. 445

French: Pic élégant German: Goldwangenspecht Spanish: Carpintero Cariamarillo
Other common names: Gold-cheeked Woodpecker

Taxonomy: Picus chrysogenys Vigors, 1839, no locality; probably Mazatlan, in Sinaloa, or San Blas or Tepíc, in Nayarít, western Mexico.
Sometimes combined with other barred congeners in a separate genus Centurus. Variation clinal; population in interior (Morelos, adjacent Michoacán) often separated as race morelensis, tending to be paler with less yellow and orange than flavinuchus, but considerable overlap exists with latter in plumage characteristics. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chrysogenys (Vigors, 1839) - W Mexico from S Sinaloa to Nayarit.
  • flavinuchus (Ridgway, 1911) - Jalisco E to SW Puebla and SE along coast to E Oaxaca.

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