GEOCOLAPTES

(Picidae; Ϯ Ground Woodpecker G. olivaceus) Gr. γεω- geō-  ground-  < γη gē  earth; genus Colaptes Vigors, 1826, flicker (< Gr. κολαπτης kolaptēs  chiseller); "GENUS, Colaptes, SWAINS.   ...   Only one species of this group has yet been found in Africa; it is the Pic Laboureur of Le Vaillant, described by Mr. Burchell, in his Travels, under the specific name of terrestris, — a prior designation to that of arator, of which M. Cuvier was not aware. Mr. Burchell very judiciously considers it the type of a sub-genus, named by him, in his MSS, Geocolaptes." (Swainson 1831).
Synon. Agripicus.

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Recommended citation
Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 16 January 2019).