White woodpecker

White woodpecker
Melanerpes candidus.jpg
Scientific classification e
Species:M. candidus
Binomial name
Melanerpes candidus
(Otto, 1796)

The white woodpecker (Melanerpes candidus) is a South American species of woodpecker (family Picidae) native to the wooded grasslands of Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. It is a bright white bird with black wings and a distinctive small bright yellow eye patch. The IUCN has rated it as a "least-concern species".


The species was first described as Melanerpes candidus in 1796 by the French naturalist Bernhard Christian Otto, the type locality being Cayenne. It is sometimes placed in its own genus Leuconerpes, but shows many similarities in morphology to Melanerpes. No subspecies are known (monotypic).[2]

Other Languages
brezhoneg: Speg gwenn
català: Picot blanc
Cymraeg: Cnocell wen
Deutsch: Weißspecht
français: Pic dominicain
Nederlands: Witte specht
português: Pica-pau-branco
русский: Белый дятел
suomi: Valkotikka
svenska: Vitspett
Tiếng Việt: Melanerpes candidus