French: Pic de Fernandina German: Kubaspecht Spanish: Carpintero churroso
near Habana, Cuba.
Formerly separated in monotypic genus Nesoceleus. Monotypic.
Cuba (distribution now very patchy).
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
Loud “pic” series, slower and lower-pitched than C. auratus; also typical... read more
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
Mar–Jun. Solitary; locally (Zapata Swamp, in Matanzas) loosely colonial. Frequent aerial chases in courtship. Nest excavated at... read more
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
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