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

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A male yellow-eared woodpecker (Veniliornis maculifrons) in Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Tribe: Dendropicini
Genus: Veniliornis
Bonaparte, 1854

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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). "Quadro dei volucri zigodattili, ossia passeri a piedi scansori". L'Ateneo Italiano raccolta di documenti e memorie relative al progresso delle scienze fisiche. 2: 116-129 [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.