Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Antillean Piculet (Nesoctites micromegas)


French: Piculet des Antilles German: Hüpfspecht Spanish: Carpinterito antillano

Picumnus micromegas


, 1866,

Brazil; error = Hispaniola


No obvious close relatives. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. m. micromegas (Sundevall, 1866) – Hispaniola.
  • N. m. abbotti Wetmore, 1928 – Gonâve I, off W Hispaniola.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16 cm; 26–33 g. Unmistakable; the largest piculet, roughly twice the size of any other. Male has yellowish-green forehead, crown sides and hindneck, lemon-... read more


    Single mechanical “pit” and “pew” notes in alarm; loud, rapid, musical... read more


    Humid to dry primary and secondary forest, also mixed pine (Pinus) and broadleaved forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects, especially ants and small beetles; also other arthropods; also eats relatively large amounts of fruit. Occurs singly or in... read more


    Feb–Jul. Nest excavated (or occupies abandoned woodpecker hole) at below 5 m in stub, small tree, palm or fence post. Territorial;... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Common in most of range, but less numerous in W (Haiti); has been reported as... read more

    Recommended citation

    Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Antillean Piculet (Nesoctites micromegas). 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 on 12 November 2019).