Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Picid in Focus: Pale-billed Woodpecker

Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis. This large, impressive woodpecker occurs in Central America from Mexico to Panama. This male was photographed in Tikal, Guatemala, by Mike Nelson (Birding Ecotours).

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Picid in Focus: Fernandina's Flicker

Adult female Fernandina's Flicker Colaptes fernandinae. Endemic to Cuba, this endangered woodpecker may number less than 1000 individuals in total. Pinar Del Rio, Western Cuba, March 2014, Gerard Gorman.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Picid in Focus: Magellanic Woodpecker

A superb male Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus. Taken in Argentina by Gerhard Rotheneder.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Woodpeckers and pest control

Woodpeckers are important natural controllers of insect pests that invade trees. Here is a link to one such case concerning the exotic invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle in the USA: Emerald Ash Border

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Picid in Focus: Hispaniolan Woodpecker

This really is a great looking woodpecker. An adult male Hispaniolan Woodpecker Melanerpes striatus. Taken in the Dominican Republic (where it is endemic) in January 2014, by Neil Bowman.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Forthcoming Woodpecker Book

Here is the cover of my forthcoming book WOODPECKERS OF THE WORLD - THE COMPLETE GUIDE. Many thanks to everyone who helped with information and photos. Click here for more details.