Picus (Leuconotopicus) Stricklandi
Mount Orizaba massif, Veracruz, Mexico.
Apart from L. arizonae (which see), closest to L. villosus, L. borealis and L. albolarvatus, and all previously placed in Picoides. Recent trend to treat arizonae (with fraterculus) as a separate species followed here, given present species’ dark brown vs creamy mid-brown mantle, back, rump and wings (2); bold white-barred and brown pattern on mantle, back and rump vs uniform, unmarked upperparts (3); broad streaks rather than spots on underparts (2); central rectrices plain blackish-brown without rusty wash (ns); shorter bill (effect size of smaller fraterculus vs stricklandi 3.18, score 2). Birds from C Mexico (E Michoacán to Distrito Federal) named as race aztecus, being less heavily marked below than other populations, but this character apparent only in very fresh plumage and also subject to clinal variation, degree of streaking increasing towards E. Monotypic.
E Mexico from E Michoacán E to WC Veracruz and Puebla.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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