French: Pic poignardé German: Blutfleckspecht Spanish: Carpintero tajá
Subspecies and Distribution
X. p. percussus
(Temminck, 1826) – Cuba, including archipelagos of Sabana and Camagüey.
X. p. insulaepinorum
Bangs, 1910 – I of Pines, Cantiles Keys and Archipiélago Jardines de la Reina (Cayo Caballones).
c. 21–25 cm; 45–97 g, male c. 20% heavier than female. Male has red crown to nape, short crest and hindneck, some black feather bases usually visible (especially... read more
Short harsh “jorr” or “gwurr” in short series is commonest call; also... read more
Inhabits forest and woodland of most types, including pines, mangroves and open woodland with palms... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of insects, reportedly of relatively large size, as well as some fruits and frogs. Also observed preying on eggs at nests of... read more
Feb–Aug, possibly peak in May–Jun. Nest-hole 2–12 m (usually 4–5 m) up in palm, or in live or dead tree, apparently... read more
Resident. Claimed occurrence of vagrants on Hispaniola and Jamaica after storms lack substantiation. read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread within range. Probably more numerous than M. superciliaris; is able to exploit wide variety of wooded... read more
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