Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Lesser Yellownape (Picus chlorolophus) - HBW 7, p. 537

French: Pic à huppe jaune German: Gelbhaubenspecht Spanish: Pito Crestigualdo
Other common names: Lesser/Small Yellow-naped Woodpecker; Ceylon Yellow-naped Woodpecker (wellsi)

Taxonomy: Picus chlorolophus Vieillot, 1818, Bengal.
Forms a superspecies with P. puniceus, which is separated altitudinally in small area of range overlap. Considerable variation, both individual and geographical, and races also intergrade; proposed races chlorolophoides (N Thailand), laotianus (Laos) and krempfi (Cochinchina) considered not acceptable. Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • simlae Meinertzhagen, 1924 - N India (Himachal Pradesh) E to W Nepal.
  • chlorigaster Jerdon, 1844 - peninsular India.
  • wellsi Meinertzhagen, 1924 - Sri Lanka.

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  • simlae Meinertzhagen, 1924 - N India (Himachal Pradesh) E to W Nepal.
  • chlorigaster Jerdon, 1844 - peninsular India.
  • wellsi Meinertzhagen, 1924 - Sri Lanka.
  • chlorolophus Vieillot, 1818 - E Nepal E to Myanmar and N Vietnam.
  • annamensis Meinertzhagen, 1924 - SE Thailand to S Vietnam.
  • citrinocristatus (Rickett, 1901) - N Vietnam (Tonkin) and SE China (Fujian).
  • longipennis (Hartert, 1910) - Hainan I.
  • rodgeri (Hartert & Butler, 1898) - W Malaysian highlands.
  • vanheysti (Robinson & Kloss, 1919) - Sumatran highlands.