Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Greater Yellownape (Picus flavinucha) - HBW 7, p. 538

French: Pic à nuque jaune German: Gelbnackenspecht Spanish: Pito Nuquigualdo
Other common names: Greater/Large Yellow-naped Woodpecker

Taxonomy: Picus flavinucha Gould, 1834, Himalayas and lower regions of India.
Forms a superspecies with P. mentalis, which is separated altitudinally in small area of range overlap. Much individual variation in plumage tone and markings, with races intergrading, and clinal decrease in size from N to S. Birds from extreme NW of range, on average longer-winged and generally with less yellow tinge to upperparts, have been separated as race kumaonensis, but diffe­rences probably insufficient to warrant subspecific status. Proposed races archon (N Vietnam) and lylei (N & W Thailand) barely distinguishable, and features fall within range o.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Picus flavinucha Gould, 1834, Himalayas and lower regions of India.
Forms a superspecies with P. mentalis, which is separated altitudinally in small area of range overlap. Much individual variation in plumage tone and markings, with races intergrading, and clinal decrease in size from N to S. Birds from extreme NW of range, on average longer-winged and generally with less yellow tinge to upperparts, have been separated as race kumaonensis, but diffe­rences probably insufficient to warrant subspecific status. Proposed races archon (N Vietnam) and lylei (N & W Thailand) barely distinguishable, and features fall within range of individual variation of other races. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • flavinucha Gould, 1834 - N & E India (from N Uttar Pradesh, Orissa) E to Myanmar, S China (S Sichuan, Yunnan) and N Vietnam.
  • ricketti (Styan, 1898) - Tonkin area of N Vietnam, and E to SE China (Fujian).
  • pierrei Oustalet, 1889 - SE Thailand to S Vietnam.

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  • flavinucha Gould, 1834 - N & E India (from N Uttar Pradesh, Orissa) E to Myanmar, S China (S Sichuan, Yunnan) and N Vietnam.
  • ricketti (Styan, 1898) - Tonkin area of N Vietnam, and E to SE China (Fujian).
  • pierrei Oustalet, 1889 - SE Thailand to S Vietnam.
  • styani (Ogilvie-Grant, 1899) - Hainan I.
  • wrayi (Sharpe, 1888) - Malayan highlands.
  • mystacalis (Salvadori, 1879) - N Sumatra.
  • korinchi (Chasen, 1940) - SW Sumatra.
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