Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera) - HBW 7, p. 541

French: Pic awokéra German: Japangrünspecht Spanish: Pito Japonés
Other common names: Japanese Green Woodpecker, Wavy-bellied Woodpecker

Taxonomy: Picus awokera Temminck, 1826, Honshu.
Three races often recognized: large and pale awokera (Honshu and nearby islands), smaller and darker horii (Shikoku, Kyushu, Tsushima) and smallest and darkest takatsukasae (Tanegashima, Yakushima). These, however, simply reflect a cline of decreasing size and increasing plumage darkness from N to S, and division into geographical races seems unjustified. Monotypic.

Distribution: Japan, from Honshu S to Shikoku, Kyushu, Yakushima and Tanegashima, and including offshore islands of Tobishima, Awashima, Sado and Tsushima.

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