Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)


Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae)


French: Pic de Fernandina German: Kubaspecht Spanish: Carpintero churroso

Colaptes Fernandinæ


, 1827,

near Habana, Cuba


Formerly separated in monotypic genus Nesoceleus. Monotypic.


Cuba (distribution now very patchy).

Descriptive notes

c. 30–34 cm. Male has buff-cinnamon forehead to nape finely streaked black, occasionally hint of red on nape; whitish-buff lores and narrow line above and below eye, buffish-... read more


Loud “pic” series, slower and lower-pitched than C. auratus; also typical... read more


Prefers rather open woodland and pasture with palms, in both dry and wetter habitats; occurs to... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, worms, grubs, seeds. Forages singly, also in pairs when breeding. Often feeds on ground, more so than local race ... read more


Mar–Jun. Solitary; locally (Zapata Swamp, in Matanzas) loosely colonial. Frequent aerial chases in courtship. Nest excavated at... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. Population extremely small and fragmented; maximum total estimated at 400 pairs, probably only 300, possibly even fewer. By far... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae). 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 22 November 2019).