Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Near Threatened

Guadeloupe Woodpecker (Melanerpes herminieri)


French: Pic de Guadeloupe German: Guadeloupespecht Spanish: Carpintero de la Guadalupe

Picus Herminieri


, 1830,

North America; error = Guadeloupe


Sometimes placed in a monotypic genus Linneopicus, but shows many similarities to typical Melanerpes. Monotypic.


Guadeloupe (NC Lesser Antilles).

Descriptive notes

c. 24–29 cm; male 86–97 g, female 69–78 g. Rather small, distinctive woodpecker, appearing all black in the field. Male has head and upperparts, including... read more


Main call a single or repeated “kwa”, female higher-pitched; series of variable “... read more


Occurs in all available forest types within range. Prefers humid semi-deciduous forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes termites (Isoptera), ants, insect larvae, myriapods and other arthro­pods; also many seeds and fruits when available,... read more


Jan–Aug, mostly from Apr. Monogamous; solitary. Nest 2–20 m up in dead coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), rarely in live... read more


Resident; juveniles disperse short distances. Recorded once (in Sept 1975) on Antigua, c. 80 km N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Estimated population in 1993–1994, 10,330 pairs... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (2020). Guadeloupe Woodpecker (Melanerpes herminieri). 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 21 February 2020).