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Cuban green woodpecker

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Cuban green woodpecker
Cuban green woodpecker (Xiphidiopicus percussus percussus) male.JPG
Cuban green woodpecker (Xiphidiopicus percussus percussus) female.JPG
Female, both X. p. percussus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Subfamily: Picinae
Tribe: Dendropicini
Genus: Xiphidiopicus
Bonaparte, 1854
Species: X. percussus
Binomial name
Xiphidiopicus percussus
(Temminck, 1826)

The Cuban green woodpecker (Xiphidiopicus percussus) is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is monotypic within the genus Xiphidiopicus.[2] It is endemic to Cuba.

A distinctive, relatively small woodpecker of the general size and shape of a sapsucker, occasionally appearing crested, with bright olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. Nape and upper breast are bright red with some black bases to feathers usually visible, with black chin and throat; red crown in males, black crown striped white in females. White face and supercilium, punctuated by black border to cheek. Yellow breast is streaked with black or greenish-black, yellow on flanks barred with black. The crissum (the area around the cloaca) is yellow with black barring. Females are significantly smaller than the male, generally shorter-billed. Juveniles are generally duller in plumage, showing more barring and streaking below. It measures 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in) in length and weighs 48–97 g (1.7–3.4 oz).[3]

Its natural habitats are dry forests, lowland moist forests, and heavily degraded former forest.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Xiphidiopicus percussus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "ITIS Report: Xiphidiopicus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Farnsworth, Andrew (2012). Schulenberg, T.S., ed. "Cuban Green Woodpecker (Xiphidiopicus percussus)". Neotropical Birds Online. Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved 11 October 2011.  External link in |website= (help)

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