Cuban Green Woodpecker Xiphidiopicus percussus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Calls include a short, low and harsh "jhhhorr, jhhhorr, jhhhorr" as well as a higher pitched "yeh-yeh-yeh." Also, single or double notes occasionally. Occasionally gives a call similar to that of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), a slurred, two note "aa-aa" or "ta-ha" (Barbour 1923). Some times highly vocal, especially in the presence of young and the presence of West Indian Woodpecker (Melanerpes superciliaris) close to the nest.

Recordings of vocalizations of Cuban Green Woodpecker can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

Cuban Green Woodpecker produces the usual woodpecker tapping sounds (bill on wood) when foraging and hammering.

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.