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The Amami woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos owstoni) is a bird in the family Picidae found only on Amami Ōshima in the Ryukyu Islands south of Japan. The species is confined to mature evergreen broadleaf forest in the hills of the island. It specialises in eating large wood-boring insects. It is usually considered conspecific with the white-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos).[1][2] The Amami woodpecker is still considered as a subspecies of the white-backed woodpecker in the list maintained by the International Ornithologists' Union and the Clements Checklist.[3]

Dendrocopos leucotos owstoni
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dendrocopos
D. l. owstoni
Trinomial name
Dendrocopos leucotos owstoni
Ogawa, 1905


  1. ^ del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N.; Christie, D.A. (2016). "Amami Woodpecker (Dendrocopos owstoni)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, Sargatal; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Barcelona, Spain: Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 7 May 2016.(subscription required)
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  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Woodpeckers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016.