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Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Yellow-throated Woodpecker (Piculus flavigula) - HBW 7, p. 505

French: Pic à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehlspecht Spanish: Carpintero Gorgigualdo

Taxonomy: Picus flavigula Boddaert, 1783, Cayenne.
E race erythropis, with distinctive plumage and different habitat preferences, possibly a separate species. Race magnus intergrades with nominate in NE Brazil. Birds from SW Colombia, previously thought to represent an undescribed race of present species, have now been reidentified as P.litae. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • flavigula (Boddaert, 1783) - Extreme E Colombia, S Venezuela and the Guianas, S to N Amazonia.
  • magnus (Cherrie & Reichenberger, 1921) - SE Colombia, NE Ecuador and Amazonian Brazil S to E Peru, NE Bolivia and Mato Grosso.
  • erythropis (Vieillot, 1818) - E Brazil in Pernambuco and from Bahia to São Paulo.