Grey-crowned woodpecker

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Grey-crowned woodpecker
Colaptes auricularis 1902.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Colaptes
Species: C. auricularis
Binomial name
Colaptes auricularis
(Salvin & Godman, 1889)

Piculus auricularis (Salvin & Godman, 1889)

The grey-crowned woodpecker (Colaptes auricularis) is a bird species in the woodpecker family (Picidae). It was formerly placed in the genus Piculus (Benz et al., 2006). The scientific name auricularis means "eared", an appearance created by the confluent, fine patterning of the species' head.

It is endemic to Mexico. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Colaptes auricularis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  • Benz, Brett W.; Robbins, Mark B. & Peterson, A. Townsend (2006): Evolutionary history of woodpeckers and allies (Aves: Picidae): Placing key taxa on the phylogenetic tree. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 389–399. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.02.021