White Woodpeckers

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White Woodpecker, Melanerpes candidus

The White Woodpecker, Melanerpes candidus, is a species of woodpecker (Family Picidae) found in South America. This woodpecker is a native of the grasslands of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

This bird is particularly beneficial for citrus plantations because it consumes the irapuá bee, Trigona spinipes, a pest of citrus growers.


Description

Besides being a bright white bird with deep black wings, the White Woodpecker has a distinctive, small bright yellow eye patch.


Subspecies

There are no known subspecies (monotypic).


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White Woodpecker, Melanerpes candidus



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