ⓘ Velasquez's woodpecker

                                     

ⓘ Velasquezs woodpecker

Velasquezs woodpecker is a species of bird in the family Picidae usually considered conspecific with the golden-fronted woodpecker. The IOC has split the species, but many other taxonomists have not, including the American Ornithological Society.

It is endemic to southern Mexico and parts of Central America. There are eleven subspecies, if the bird is special:

  • M. s. pauper – Ridgway, 1888: northern Honduras.
  • M. s. turneffensis – Russell, 1963: Turneffe Atoll off Belize.
  • M. s. hughlandi – Dickerman, 1987: central Guatemala.
  • M. s. polygrammus – Cabanis, 1862: Oaxaca to Chiapas southwest Mexico.
  • M. s. dubius – Cabot, 1844: Yucatan Peninsula to Belize & northeastern Guatemala.
  • M. s. leei – Ridgway, 1885: Cozumel Island off Mexico.
  • M. s. insulanus – Bond, 1936: utila Island off Honduras.
  • M. s. veraecrucis – Nelson, 1900: southern Veracruz to northern Guatemala.
  • M. s. canescens – Salvin, 1889: Roatan & Barburat Islands off Honduras.
  • M. s. santacruzi – Bonaparte, 1838: south Chiapas to northern Nicaragua.
  • M. s. grateloupensis – Lesson, 1839: south Tamaulipas to Puebla & central Veracruz.