Jamaican woodpecker

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Jamaican woodpecker
Jamaican Woodpecker (Melanerpes radiolatus) (8082139567).jpg
Male in John Crow Mountains, Jamaica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: M. radiolatus
Binomial name
Melanerpes radiolatus
(Wagler, 1827)

The Jamaican woodpecker (Melanerpes radiolatus) is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is endemic to Jamaica. It is known locally simply as "woodpecker." Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.


Size: 10–11 inches (25–28 cm). The top of head and nape of neck are brilliant red, while the remainder of the head is white. The mantle, back and wings are black, narrowly barred with white. The breast and abdomen are yellowish-brown, with an orange patch in centre of lower abdomen. The tail is black. The red on the head of the female covers only a portion of the crown, but also extends to the nape of the neck.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Melanerpes radiolatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Bernal, Frank (1989). Birds of Jamaica. Jamaica: Heinemann Publishers (Caribbean) Ltd. p. 56.