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Leuconotopicus is a genus of woodpeckers in the family Picidae native to North and South America. Species in this genus were previously assigned to Picoides.[1][2] Some taxonomic authorities, including the American Ornithological Society, continue to place the entire group there.

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White-headed woodpecker (Leuconotopicus albolarvatus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Tribe: Dendropicini
Genus: Leuconotopicus
Malherbe, 1845

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The name of the genus was introduced by the French ornithologist Alfred Malherbe in 1845.[3] The word Leuconotopicus is from the Greek leukos meaning white, nōton back and pikos woodpecker.[4]

The genus contains the following six 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. ^ Malherbe, Alfred (1845). "Description de trois espèces nouvelles du genre Picus, Linné". Revue Zoologique par La Société Cuvierienne (in French and Latin). 8: 373. 
  4. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.