Bronze-winged woodpecker

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Bronze-winged woodpecker
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Colaptes
Species: C. rubiginosus
Trinomial name
Colaptes rubiginosus aeruginosus
(Malherbe, 1862)

The bronze-winged woodpecker (Colaptes rubiginosus aeruginosus) a forest flicker endemic to northeast Mexico, from Tamaulipas to northern Veracruz. It was formerly placed in the genus Piculus (Benz et al., 2006). It usually is treated as a subspecies of golden-olive woodpecker.


The species inhabits broadleaved, evergreen forest, particularly in montane areas.


The species differs from the golden-olive woodpecker in details of head plumage and the pattern of the underparts. Bronze-winged woodpecker has scalloped underparts, while those of the golden-olive woodpecker are evenly barred.


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