Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes chrysogenys) - HBW 7, p. 445
French: Pic élégant
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male in a tree. Locality Tehuantepec, Oaxaca State, Mexico (Southern) (ssp flavinuchus)
Josep del Hoyo 15 April 2009 3 years ago 20 sec 4.3
A female preening its breast and rubbing its bill Locality San Blas, Nayarit State, Mexico (Northern) (ssp grysogenus)
Eldert Groenewoud 27 February 2007 5 years ago 24 sec 4.2
Adult male climbing tree trunk and tapping Locality Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit State, Mexico (Northern)
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 27 December 2012 19 weeks ago 22 sec 3.8
climbing palm tree and calling Locality Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca State, Mexico (Southern)
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 11 October 2012 30 weeks ago 11 sec 3.3
golden-cheeked woodpecker Locality Jalisco State, Mexico (Northern)
lsirvio 19 March 2010 3 years ago 8 sec 3