White-winged Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucopterus) - HBW 7, p. 486
French: Pic à ailes blanches
Spanish: Pico Aliblanco
Other common names: White-winged Pied/White-winged Spotted Woodpecker
Taxonomy: Picus (Dendrocopus) [sic] leucopterus Salvadori, 1870, Yarkand, Kashgaria, in extreme west China.
Genus sometimes merged into Picoides. Forms a superspecies with D. major, D. syriacus, D. assimilis and D. himalayensis; has hybridized very occasionally with first of those. Birds of the Turkestan uplands, described as race leptorhynchus, tend to be less white, but difference minor and not constant, and racial separation regarded as unwarranted; named races albipennis (SE Turkmenia), jaxartensis (lower R Syr Darya) and korejevi (SW Alatau Mts) likewise insufficiently differentiated. Monotypic.
Distribution: W shore of Aral Sea E to S Kazakhstan, N Kyrgyzstan (N to S tip of L Balkhash) and W China (N Xinjiang to Karamay and Lop Nur), and S to SW Turkmenia (possibly also extreme NE Iran) and NE Afghanistan in W and Chinese Turkestan S to edge of Kunlun Shan in E.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
White-winged Woodpecker is searching a hole in a tree - photo by Altay Zhatkanbayev
Locality Karaoy, Ili River Delta, Almaty Province, Kazakhstan
Altay Zhatkanbayev 12 May 2008 31 weeks ago 3.5
A bird working on a Turanga tree.
Locality Shel Turanga, Almaty Province, Kazakhstan (Monotypic species)
Ken Havard 17 May 2009 2 years ago 2.3
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