Strickland's Woodpecker Dryobates stricklandi



  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Strickland's Woodpecker
eBird range map for Strickland's Woodpecker

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

Distribution in the Americas

Resident in Central Volcanic Belt of Mexico, in high mountains of e. Michoacán, México, Federal District, Morelos, Puebla, and w.-central Veracruz (Miller et al. 1957, Howell and Webb 1995, American Ornithologists' Union 1998a).

Distribution outside the Americas

Not recorded.


Largely in higher-elevation coniferous forests of s.-central Mexico at 2,440–3,960 m (Miller et al. 1957) or 2,500–4,000 m (Howell and Webb 1995), as high as 4,110 m (Short 1982). Above 3,000 m, mainly in pine-fir (Pinus-Abies) forests (Davis 1953), or in pine forests (Davis 1965a); in areas of larger pines and smaller oaks in Federal District of Mexico (Ligon 1968a), and in some situations near 2,850 m “where oaks occur occasionally among the firs and some of the individuals were actually collected as they foraged on oak trees” (Moore 1946a: 105).

In s. Mexico, sympatric Hairy Woodpecker breeds at lower elevation than stricklandi group (Davis 1965a). Competition with closely related woodpeckers may be partially responsible for restricted elevational and geographic breeding habitat of Strickland's (Davis 1965a, RRJ).

Historical changes

Mexican coniferous forests of typical of Strickland's range are being rapidly cut, apparently resulting in decreasing populations (LTH, RRJ, JDL).

Fossil history

No known fossils.

Recommended Citation

Strickland's Woodpecker (Dryobates stricklandi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: