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Veniliornis maculifrons-2.jpg
A male Veniliornis maculifrons photographed on Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Subfamily: Picinae
Genus: Veniliornis
Bonaparte, 1854

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Veniliornis is a genus of birds in the Picidae family. They are native to Central and South America.

The name of the genus was introduced by the French ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1854.[1] The word Veniliornis combines the name of the Roman deity Venilia with the Greek word ornis meaning bird.[2]

The genus contains the following 14 species:[3]


  1. ^ Bonaparte, Charles Lucien (1854). "Veniliornis". L'Ateneo Italiano raccolta di documenti e memorie relative al progresso delle scienze fisiche. 2: 125. 
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 399–400. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Woodpeckers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Donegan, Thomas (January 2007). "Proposal (#262) South American Classification Committee: Transfer Picoides mixtus and P. lignarius to Veniliornis". American Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Moore, W.S.; Weibel, A.C.; Agius, A. (2006). "Mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of the woodpecker genus Veniliornis (Picidae, Picinae) and related genera implies convergent evolution of plumage patterns". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 87 (4): 611–624. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2006.00586.x.