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Dendrocoptes is a genus of woodpeckers in the (family Picidae) native to Eurasia. Species in this genus were previously assigned to Dendrocopos, where some taxonomic authorities still keep the entire group.[1][2] The taxonomic committee of the British Ornithologists' Union have recommended an alternative arrangement in which the genera Dendrocoptes and Leiopicus are combined into a larger Dendropicos.[3]

Dendrocopos medius (Marek Szczepanek).jpg
Middle spotted woodpecker Dendrocoptes medius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordate
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Tribe: Dendropicini
Genus: Dendrocoptes
Cabanis & Heine, 1863

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The genus contains three species:[2]


  1. ^ Fuchs, J.; Pons, J.M. (2015). "A new classification of the pied woodpeckers assemblage (Dendropicini, Picidae) based on a comprehensive multi-locus phylogeny". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 88: 28–37. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.03.016. PMID 25818851. 
  2. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Woodpeckers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Sangster, G.; et al. (2016). "Taxonomic recommendations for Western Palearctic birds: 11th report". Ibis. 158 (1): 206–212. doi:10.1111/ibi.12322.