Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Vulnerable

Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae)


Taxonomy

French: Pic de Fernandina German: Kubaspecht Spanish: Carpintero churroso
Taxonomy:

Colaptes Fernandinæ

Vigors

, 1827,

near Habana, Cuba

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Formerly separated in monotypic genus Nesoceleus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Cuba (distribution now very patchy).

Descriptive notes

c. 30 cm. Male has buff-cinnamon forehead to nape finely streaked black, occasionally hint of red on nape; whitish-buff lores and narrow line above and below eye, buffish-... read more

Voice

Loud “pic” series, slower and lower-pitched than C. auratus; also typical... read more

Habitat

Prefers rather open woodland and pasture with palms, in both dry and wetter habitats; occurs to... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, worms, grubs, seeds. Forages singly, also in pairs when breeding. Often feeds on ground, more so than local race ... read more

Breeding

Mar–Jun. Solitary; locally (Zapata Swamp, in Matanzas) loosely colonial. Frequent aerial chases in courtship. Nest excavated at... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. Population extremely small and fragmented; maximum total estimated at 400 pairs, probably only 300, possibly even fewer. By far... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/56270 on 18 August 2017).