Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Grey-breasted Woodpecker (Melanerpes hypopolius)


Taxonomy

French: Pic alezan German: Graukehlspecht Spanish: Carpintero pechigrís
Taxonomy:

Picus hypopolius

Wagler

, 1829,

Tehuacán and Tecuapán, Puebla, Mexico

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Sometimes separated with other barred congeners in Centurus. Has been suggested as closer to M. lewis, M. erythrocephalus and M. formicivorus. Formerly considered conspecific with M. uropygialis. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Interior of SW Mexico from N Guerrero and Morelos E to EC Oaxaca.

Descriptive notes

c. 19–21 cm; 46–54 g. Male has white to buffish-white forehead, red patch on central crown, narrow area of black around eye, a few red feathers beneath eye and... read more

Voice

Variable calls include nasal “yek-a yek-a”, e.g. during interactions; series of usually 4 dry... read more

Habitat

Xeric areas with scattered trees, shrubs, or large cacti, also agricultural areas; extends into... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, including those of Ziziphus and cacti (e.g. Opuntia); also insects, including termites (Isoptera), cicadas (... read more

Breeding

Breeds from late Apr to Jul. Co-operative, colonial breeder; at one site, 3 nests with 5 males and 3 females present. Nest-hole built in... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Balsas Region and Interior Oaxaca EBA. Common to fairly common throughout range; uncommon in some places (e.g. C... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2017). Grey-breasted Woodpecker (Melanerpes hypopolius). 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/56168 on 21 August 2017).