Cuban Green Woodpecker Xiphidiopicus percussus

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Cuban Green Woodpecker
eBird range map for Cuban Green Woodpecker

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Endemic to Cuba, where widespread and common.

Dod (1978) reported a single sighting from the Dominican Republic (in Calimete, near Honda Valle, in 1968), after a hurricane that struck Cuba. No further details were reported, and Keith et al. (2003) consider Cuban Green Woodpecker to be of "uncertain occurrence" on Hispaniola. Lack (1976) mentions a second hand report of "two green woodpeckers" seen on the north coast of Jamaica in January 1957 that "could hardly have been anything except the Cuban endemic species Xiphidiopicus percussus", but no further documentation is available for this record.

Distribution outside the Americas

No records.


Found in a diverse array of forest types, including wet and dry forests, open gallery and closed canopy, mangroves, and highland and lowland forests (Barbour 1923, Winkler et al. 1995, Garrido and Kirkconnell 2000).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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.