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Dryobates is a genus of woodpeckers in the family Picidae. It contains the following species:[1]

Picoides nuttallii -Olive View, Sylmar, California, USA -male-8.jpg
Male Nuttall's woodpecker in California, USA
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Tribe: Dendropicini
Genus: Dryobates
F. Boie, 1826

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The name of the genus was introduced by the German naturalist Friedrich Boie in 1826.[2] The word Dryobates is from the Greek druos meaning woodland and batēs meaning walker.[3] Some taxonomic authorities, including the American Ornithological Society, continue to place the American species in the genus Picoides. Other taxonomic authorities continue to place the other species in the genus Dendrocopos.


  1. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Woodpeckers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Boie, Friedrich (1826). "Generalübersicht". Isis von Oken (in German). Jena. 18-19. Col 977. 
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.