Adult female perched at the entrance of a large cavity in a palm tree.

Adult female perched at the entrance of a large cavity in a palm tree.
Species: West Indian Woodpecker   Melanerpes superciliaris
Subspecies: superciliaris
Author: Allan Hopkins
Date: 
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Added to IBC: 28 Aug 2015 - 10:07
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