Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Spot-breasted Woodpecker (Colaptes punctigula) - HBW 7, p. 510

French: Pic de Cayenne German: Tüpfelbrustspecht Spanish: Carpintero Moteado
Other common names: Spot-breasted Flicker

Taxonomy: Picus punctigula Boddaert, 1783, Cayenne.
Sometimes placed in a separate genus Chrysoptilus with the other “forest flickers” C. atricollis and C. melanochloros. May form a superspecies with latter. Other named races are lutescens (E Darién), not reliably distinct from ujhelyii; “notatus” (Colombia), known only from unique type, possibly an aberrant punctipectus; and speciosus (E Peru) and rubidipectus (NE Brazil N of Amazon), both considered indistinguishable from guttatus. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • striatigularis (Chapman, 1914) - WC Colombia.
  • ujhelyii (Madarász, 1912) - E Panama (E Darién) and N Colombia.
  • zuliae (Cory, 1915) - NW Venezuela.

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  • striatigularis (Chapman, 1914) - WC Colombia.
  • ujhelyii (Madarász, 1912) - E Panama (E Darién) and N Colombia.
  • zuliae (Cory, 1915) - NW Venezuela.
  • punctipectus (Cabanis & Heine, 1863) - E Colombia and most of Venezuela (except NW).
  • punctigula (Boddaert, 1783) - the Guianas.
  • guttatus (Spix, 1824) - Amazonia from E Ecuador and E Peru E to NE Brazil (Pará), S to NW Bolivia and N Mato Grosso.