White woodpecker

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White woodpecker
Melanerpes candidus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: M. candidus
Binomial name
Melanerpes candidus
(Otto, 1796)

The white woodpecker (Melanerpes candidus) is a species of woodpecker (Family Picidae) found in South America. This woodpecker is a native of the grasslands of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

This bird is particularly beneficial for citrus plantations because it consumes the irapuá bee, Trigona spinipes, a pest of citrus growers.


White woodpecker at Weltvogelpark Walsrode, Germany

Besides being a bright white bird with deep black wings, the white woodpecker has a distinctive, small bright yellow eye patch.


No subspecies are known (monotypic).


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