Picus (Dendrocopus) [sic] leucopterus
Yarkand, Kashgaria, in extreme west China.
A member of the D. major species-group (which see); has hybridized very occasionally with D. major. Birds of the Turkestan uplands, described as race leptorhynchus, tend to be less white, but difference minor and not constant, and racial separation regarded as unwarranted; named races albipennis (SE Turkmenia), jaxartensis (lower R Syr Darya), korejevi (SW Alatau Mts) and spangenbergi (Chatkal Tau, E Uzbekistan) likewise insufficiently differentiated. Monotypic.
E of Aral Sea to S Kazakhstan, N & W Kyrgyzstan (N to S tip of L Balkhash) and W China (N Xinjiang to Karamay and Lop Nur), and S to SW Turkmenia (possibly also extreme NE Iran) and NE Afghanistan in W and Chinese Turkestan (S to edge of Kunlun Shan) in E.
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