Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Lita Woodpecker (Piculus litae) - HBW 7, p. 505

French: Pic de Lita German: Litaspecht Spanish: Carpintero de Lita

Taxonomy: Chloronerpes litæ Rothschild, 1901, Lita, Ecuador.
May form a superspecies with P. simplex, P. callopterus and P. leucolaemus, and all four have often been treated as conspecific. Frequently lumped with P. leucolaemus, but differs significantly in plumage details; possibly not even closely related. Includes SW Colombian birds formerly thought to represent an undescribed race of P. flavigula. Monotypic.

Distribution: W Colombia (Pacific slope of N Andes, middle Magdalena Valley) S to NW Ecuador (S to NW Pichincha).

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