Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Scarlet-backed Woodpecker (Veniliornis callonotus) - HBW 7, p. 499

French: Pic rubin German: Scharlachrückenspecht Spanish: Carpintero Escarlata

Taxonomy: Picus callonotus Waterhouse, 1841, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Race major intergrades freely with nominate in SW Ecuador, where many individuals have intermediate appearance. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • callonotus (Waterhouse, 1841) - SW Colombia (Nariño) and W Ecuador (S to Guayas and coastal El Oro).
  • major (Berlepsch & Taczanowski, 1884) - SW Ecuador (El Oro, Loja) and NW Peru.