Cuban Green Woodpecker Xiphidiopicus percussus

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Andrew Farnsworth



Often occurs in pairs and some times in small groups, occasionally proving stealthy and remaining motionless for periods of many minutes.  Forages at all heights and in numerous microhabitat types including vine tangles, tree trunks, crevices, and gleaning from twigs. Forages on dead limbs, pecking for insects under bark flakes or in crevices; also pulls chunks of bark occasionally. Both parents attend young at nest.


Highly territorial, with active vocalization and active pursuit of perceived threats.

Sexual Behavior

Breeding period is February-August, with peak presumably associated with rains in May and June (?). Presumably monogamous (?).

Recommended Citation

Farnsworth, A. (2012). Cuban Green Woodpecker (Xiphidiopicus percussus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.