Bird Families of the World

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Woodpeckers can be found everywhere on Earth except for Madagascar and Australasia (east of Wallace’s line), and ground-living woodpeckers even occur in treeless areas of the Southern Hemisphere.  The woodpeckers family also includes the piculets and wrynecks. Surprisingly, woodpeckers seldom reuse their nest holes, and many other species depend on the old holes for nesting

The family is Picidae.

There are 234 species placed in 33 genera.

So far I have photographed 58 different species. In case I photographed the male and the female I have added a photograph of both.

Of the following genera I did not photograph any specie so far:

Verreauxia with 1 specie
Sasia with 2 species
Nesoctites with 1 specie
Hemicircus with 2 species
Sphyrapicus with 4 species
Xiphidiopicus with 1 specie
Picoides with 3 species
Leiopicus with 1 specie
Dendrocoptes with 3 species
Blythipicus with 2 species
Reinwardtipicus with 1 specie
Micropternus with 1 specie
Meiglyptes with 3 species
Gecinulus with 2 species
Chrysophlegma with 3 species
Geocolaptes with 1 specie

See below the genera of which I photographed at least two specie. At the end, I have placed "Various genera".  Here you will find a collection of genera with only one species photographed. To make it easier you can find the genus name combined with the species name (visible when displaying the photograph)

Click on one of the thumbnails below to see a bigger photograph.

Updated 26/03/2020


Campephilus with 11 species (4)



Campethera with 12 species (5)



Celeus with 13 species (2)



Chloropicus with 15 species (5)



Colaptes with 13 species (6)



Dendrocopos with 12 species (6)



Dinopium and Chrysocolaptes with 14 species (4) - Flameback's



Dryobates with 25 species (4)



Dryocopus with 6 species (3)



Jynx with 2 species (2 ) - Wryneck's



Melanerpes with 23 species (7)



Picus with 13 species (5)



Yungipicus with 7 species (2)



Various genera  (3)

Mulleripicus with 4 species
Picumnus with 26 species
Piculus with 7 species