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