Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Yucatan Woodpecker (Melanerpes pygmaeus) - HBW 7, p. 447

French: Pic de Yucatan German: Yucatanspecht Spanish: Carpintero Yucateco
Other common names: Red-vented Woodpecker

Taxonomy: Centurus rubriventris pygmæus Ridgway, 1885, Cozumel Island, Mexico.
Sometimes combined with other barred congeners in a separate genus Centurus. Forms a superspecies with M. rubricapillus, and sometimes treated as conspecific, but geographical isolation, combined with minor morphological differences, supports allospecies treatment. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rubricomus J. L. Peters, 1948 - Yucatán Peninsula S to C Belize.
  • pygmaeus (Ridgway, 1885) - Cozumel I (off E Yucatán Peninsula).
  • tysoni (Bond, 1936) - Guanaja I (off N Honduras).

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