West Indian Woodpecker Melanerpes superciliaris

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

Priorities for Future Research

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Priorities for Future Research

Although this species is not threatened over most of its geographical range, some of the distinctive populations on small islands in The Bahamas and Cuba are vulnerable. Some of these populations may indeed be elevated to species status in the future (14). In order to set conservation priorities and develop effective conservation plans, it is important to determine the genetic distinctiveness of these populations and their current population status (26). The availability of suitable nest sites appears to be a critically important factor in the distribution and density of this species, so research on alternative nest sites (such as nest boxes or planted coconut palms) would be valuable. Overall, much more could be learned about the biology of this species throughout its range, including nest, juvenile and adult survival rates; post-fledging habitat use; and dispersal distances.

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