Guadeloupe woodpecker

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Guadeloupe woodpecker
Melanerpes herminieri 1849.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: M. herminieri
Binomial name
Melanerpes herminieri
(Lesson, 1830)

The Guadeloupe woodpecker (Melanerpes herminieri) is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is endemic to Guadeloupe.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and heavily degraded former forest. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The Birdlife Intl. page on the species says the following: "It inhabits semi-deciduous forest on igneous and clay ground, evergreen forest, mangroves and swamp forest (Villard and Rousteau 1998), and excavates nest holes in the trunks of dead trees (Raffaele et al. 1998). It occurs from sea-level to the tree-line at 1,000 m, but is most common at 100-700 m (Winkler et al. 1995, Villard and Rousteau 1998). Habitats with the highest estimated population densities were seasonal evergreen secondary growth forest, followed by swamp forest and rainforest (Villard et al. 2010). Food items taken include a variety of invertebrates, vertebrates and fruit (Villard 2000)."


There are no known subspecies (monotypic)


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