Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Guadeloupe Woodpecker (Melanerpes herminieri)


Taxonomy

French: Pic de Guadeloupe German: Guadeloupespecht Spanish: Carpintero de la Guadalupe
Taxonomy:

Picus Herminieri

Lesson

, 1830,

North America; error = Guadeloupe

.

Sometimes placed in a monotypic genus Linneopicus, but shows many similarities to typical Melanerpes. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Guadeloupe (NC Lesser Antilles).

Descriptive notes

c. 24 cm; male 86–97 g, female 69–78 g. Rather small, distinctive woodpecker, appearing all black in the field. Male has head and upperparts, including wings and... read more

Voice

Main call a single or repeated “kwa”, female higher-pitched; series of variable “wa-wa-wa” or “... read more

Habitat

Occurs in all available forest types within range. Prefers humid semi-deciduous forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes termites (Isoptera), ants, insect larvae, myriapods and other arthro­pods; also many seeds and fruits when available,... read more

Breeding

Jan–Aug, mostly from Apr. Monogamous; solitary. Nest 2–20 m up in dead coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), rarely in live... read more

Movements

Resident; juveniles disperse short distances. Recorded once on Antigua, c. 80 km N of Guadeloupe,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Estimated population in 1993–1994, 10,330 pairs... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (2017). Guadeloupe Woodpecker (Melanerpes herminieri). 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/56156 on 25 May 2017).