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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 e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Tribe: Dendropicini
Genus: Dryobates
F. Boie, 1826

Six, see text

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Nuttall's Woodpecker.jpg Dryobates nuttalli Nuttall's woodpecker northern California extending south towards the northwest region of Baja California, Mexico
Downy Woodpecker01.jpg Dryobates pubescens Downy woodpecker North America
Ladder-back Woodpecker on Cactus.jpg Dryobates scalaris Ladder-backed woodpecker southwestern United States (north to extreme southern Nevada and extreme southeastern Colorado), most of Mexico, and locally in Central America as far south as Nicaragua
Dendrocopos minor 291108.jpg Dryobates minor Lesser spotted woodpecker Europe
Crimson-breasted Woodpecker - Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary - Arunachal Pradesh, India.jpg Dryobates cathpharius Crimson-breasted woodpecker Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam

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.