(syn. Melanerpes Ϯ Yellow-fronted Woodpecker M. flavifrons) Gr. τριψις tripsis  rubbing, friction  < τριβω tribō  to rub; ουρα oura   tail; "Tripsurus, Sw.  Bill as in Leuconerpes; but the nostrils are thickly covered with incumbent bristles, as in the typical genus Picus.  Feet very large; but the versatile and the anterior toes are of the same length.  The tarsus considerably shorter than either.*    T. flavifrons. Spix, pl. 52.   ...   * This type is united to that of Dendrocopus by means of D. varia, – a bird which has the bill of Dendrocopus, and the feet of Tripsurus, and which thus closes the circle of the Picianæ." (Swainson 1837); "Tripsurus Swainson, Classif. Bds., 2, 1837, p. 311. Type, by monotypy, P. flavifrons Spix, pl. 52 = Picus flavifrons Vieillot." (Peters 1948, VI, 157).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 December 2018).