Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Hispaniolan Woodpecker (Melanerpes striatus)


French: Pic d’Hispaniola German: Haitispecht Spanish: Carpintero de La Española

Picas [sic] striatus

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Santo Domingo, southern Dominican Republic




Hispaniola and nearby Beata I (off S coast).

Descriptive notes

c. 20–24 cm; male 83–92 g, female 65–75 g. Small woodpecker with marked sexual size dimorphism. Male has bright red forecrown to upper hindneck, fea­... read more


Highly variable: long series of up to 23 notes in long-distance communication; commonly several... read more


Wooded swamps, mangroves, coastal scrub and semi-arid country in lowlands to humid forest in... read more

Food and feeding

Various insects, especially beetles, Lepidoptera, ants (both adults and pupae), also spiders, scorpions (Scorpiones); lizards (Anolis... read more


Breeds in all months, predominantly Feb–Jul. Both solitary and colonial; often loose colonies of 3–20 nests in 1–3 trees... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Common and widespread throughout range. Although this species is currently... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Hispaniolan Woodpecker (Melanerpes striatus). 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 9 December 2019).