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Chestnut Woodpecker
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Clade: Picocoraciae
Clade: Picodynastornithes
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Subfamily: Picinae
Tribe: Picini
Genus: Celeus
F. Boie, 1831

Celeus is a genus of woodpeckers found in tropical and subtropical forests and woodland in Central and South America. Its members are:

The South Asian Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus) is a peculiar species that was formerly placed in Celeus too. However, its similarity seems to be due to convergent evolution, as it does not even seem to belong to the same tribe of Picinae as Celeus does.


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  • Stiles and Skutch, A guide to the birds of Costa Rica ISBN 0-8014-9600-4

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