Hispaniolan Woodpecker Melanerpes striatus


Endemic, as its name suggests, to the Greater Antillean island of Hispaniola, this medium-sized woodpecker is one of the commonest of those bird species restricted to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where it occurs virtually anywhere with trees from sea level to at least 2400 m. It is a very attractive Melanerpes woodpecker with a largely red crown and nape (most extensive in males, which also have distinctively longer bills), gray cheeks, black and yellow-green barred upperparts, a red rump and black tail, and dark buffy-olive underparts. The Hispaniolan Woodpecker is sufficiently abundant to be considered an agricultural pest in some areas, on account of it feeding in fruit orchards, although it also regularly consumes insects and tree sap. It nests in tree-cavities and breeds in loose colonies of up to 20 pairs.

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Recommended Citation

Hispaniolan Woodpecker (Melanerpes striatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/hiswoo1