Celeus (bird)

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Chestnut woodpecker (Celeus elegans)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Celeus
F. Boie, 1831

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Celeus is a genus of woodpeckers found in tropical and subtropical forests and woodland in Central and South America. Its members are:[1]

The South Asian rufous woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus) is a peculiar species that was formerly placed in Celeus too. However, its similarity seems to be due to convergent evolution, as it does not even seem to belong to the same tribe of Picinae as Celeus does.


  1. ^ Benz B.W.; Robbins, M.B. (2011). "Molecular phylogenetics, vocalizations, and species limits in Celeus woodpeckers (Aves: Picidae)". Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 61 (1): 29–44. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.05.001. 
  2. ^ Lammertink, Martjan; Kopuchian, Cecilia; Brandl, Hanja B.; Tubaro, Pablo L.; Winkler, Hans (2015). "A striking case of deceptive woodpecker colouration: the threatened Helmeted Woodpecker Dryocopus galeatus belongs in the genus Celeus". Journal of Ornithology: 1–8. doi:10.1007/s10336-015-1254-x. 
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