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Chloropicus is a genus of woodpeckers in the family Picidae that are native to Africa. Species in this genus were previously assigned to Dendrocopos.[1][2]

Thripias namaquus -Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland-8.jpg
Bearded woodpecker Chloropicus namaquus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Tribe: Dendropicini
Genus: Chloropicus
Malherbe, 1845

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The name of the genus was introduced by the French ornithologist Alfred Malherbe in 1845.[3] The word Chloropicus is from the Greek khlōros meaning green and pikos meaning woodpecker.[4]

The genus contains the three species:[2]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
BeardedWoodpecker Maasai.jpg Chloropicus namaquus Bearded woodpecker Angola, Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Golden-crowned Woodpecker - Kakamega Kenya 06 2536 (16224262859).jpg Chloropicus xantholophus Yellow-crested woodpecker Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Fire-bellied Woodpecker - Ghana S4E1787 (16222859798).jpg Chloropicus pyrrhogaster Fire-bellied woodpecker Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and western Cameroon


  1. ^ Fuchs, J.; Pons, J.M. (2015). "A new classification of the pied woodpeckers assemblage (Dendropicini, Picidae) based on a comprehensive multi-locus phylogeny". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 88: 28–37. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.03.016. PMID 25818851. 
  2. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Woodpeckers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Malherbe, Alfred (1845). "Description de dix espéces nouvelles du genre Picus, Linné". Revue Zoologique par La Société Cuvierienne (in French and Latin). 8: 399. 
  4. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.