West Indian Woodpecker Melanerpes superciliaris

Robert A. Askins, Michael E. Akresh, and William K. Hayes
Version: 2.0 — Published October 29, 2020

Movements and Migration

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Dispersal and Site Fidelity

On San Salvador, two color-banded birds (a male and a female) captured in March 2014 were resighted in January 2015, and one banded male captured in January 2014 was recaptured in January 2015. The distances from the original capture location to the resight (n = 2) or recapture (n = 1) were 76, 133, and 203 m, respectively. These distances are within the expected territory size of West Indian Woodpeckers, and thus show that individuals likely exhibit some degree of site fidelity between years (MEA unpublished data).

Recommended Citation

Askins, R. A., M. E. Akresh, and W. K. Hayes (2020). West Indian Woodpecker (Melanerpes superciliaris), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.weiwoo1.02