(Statius Muller, 1776)
Their back is covered in yellow and black stripes. Males have a dark red stripe from their forehead to their neck while females the red stripe extends from the nape to the neck only. Their tail base is brilliantly red while the tail itself is black. The rump is olive-grey.
Unlike most woodpeckers, the Hispaniolan woodpecker is a social species that takes advantage of having a large number of individual adult birds in the colony to protect a nesting bank or tree.
- Short, LL (1979). "Burdens of the picid hole-excavating habit" (PDF). Wilson Bulletin. 91 (1): 16–28.
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- Hispaniolan woodpecker videos on the Internet Bird Collection
- Stamps (for Dominican Republic-(2), Haiti)
- Hispaniolan woodpecker photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
- Vireo Photo-High Res-(Close-up)
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