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Guadeloupe Woodpecker Melanerpes herminieri


These dark woodpeckers are endemic to the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. They are classified as “near threatened” due to both human and hurricane destruction of suitable habitat. Guadeloupe Woodpeckers inhabit humid semi-deciduous and evergreen forests, swamp forests, mangroves, and essentially all other kinds of forests existing on the island. Termites, ants, insects, larvae, seeds, and fruits all serve as food for these woodpeckers. Guadeloupe Woodpeckers primarily search for food in the canopy where males more often frequent trunks and large branches while females tend to forage on smaller branches. Pairs are monogamous and nest in coconut palms (Cocos nucifera) or sometimes in another type of a tree or a utility pole.

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Recommended Citation

Guadeloupe Woodpecker (Melanerpes herminieri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: