Yucatan Woodpecker Melanerpes pygmaeus

  • © Ricardo Pech

This poorly known, resident woodpecker inhabits deciduous forests, forest borders, scrubby woodlands, second growth, clearings, and scrubby coastal areas. Other than its habitat preferences, extremely few aspects of its ecology have been established. Yucatan Woodpeckers are more often found at lower altitudes than are Golden-fronted Woodpeckers (Melanerpes aurifrons). Males and females both have yellow feathers at the base of their short bills.

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Calls and drum

© Robert B. Waide

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Yucatan Woodpecker (Melanerpes pygmaeus), 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/yucwoo