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Melanerpes striatus (Hispaniolan Woodpecker)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Hispaniolan woodpecker (Melanerpes striatus) is a medium-sized woodpecker endemic to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Their back is covered in yellow and black stripes. Males have a dark red stripe from their forehead to their neck while females the red stripe extends from the nape to the neck only. Their tail base is brilliantly red while the tail itself is black. The rump is olive-grey. Unlike most woodpeckers, the Hispaniolan woodpecker is a social species that takes advantage of having a large number of individual adult birds in the colony to protect a nesting bank or tree.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 9.31483
EDGE Score: 2.33358


Adult Weight [1]  73 grams
Female Weight [1]  77 grams
Male Weight [1]  70 grams
Weight Dimorphism [1]  10 %
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Frugivore, Nectarivore, Granivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  60 %
Diet - Nectar [2]  10 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  10 %
Forages - Canopy [2]  20 %
Forages - Mid-High [2]  60 %
Forages - Understory [2]  20 %
Clutch Size [3]  5


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Enriquillo wetlands Haiti, Dominican Republic Neotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Hispaniolan dry forests Haiti, Dominican Republic Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Hispaniolan moist forests Haiti, Dominican Republic Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Hispaniolan pine forests Haiti, Dominican Republic Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Parc National La Visite Natural National Park II   Haiti  

Important Bird Areas

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Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Armando Bermudez National Park Dominican Republic A1, A2
Aux Becs-Croisés Haiti A1, A2
Aux Cornichons Haiti A1, A2
Aux Diablotins Haiti A1, A2
Bois Musicien Haiti A1, A2
Cabral Lagoon Dominican Republic A1, A2, A4i, A4iii
Del Este National Park Dominican Republic A1, A2, B4ii
Eastern Bahoruco Dominican Republic A1, A2
Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve Dominican Republic A1, A2
Enriquillo Lake Dominican Republic A1, A2
Jaragua National Park Dominican Republic A1, A2, A4i, A4iii, B4i
Les Todiers (Change the name to Citadelle-Sans Souci-Ramier) Haiti A1, A2  
Loma La Humeadora Dominican Republic A1, A2
Loma Quita Espuela Dominican Republic A1, A2
Nalga de Maco-Río Limpio Dominican Republic A1, A2
Punta Cana Dominican Republic A1, A2  
Sierra de Bahoruco Dominican Republic A1, A2, A4ii
Sierra de Neyba Dominican Republic A1, A2
Sierra Martin Garcia Dominican Republic A1, A2
Trou Caïman Haiti A1, A2
Valle Nuevo Dominican Republic A1, A2

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Caribbean Islands Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks And Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands - British, Virgin Islands - U.S. Yes

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Arendt, W.J.; Faaborg, J.; Wallace, G.E.; Garrido, O.H. 2004. Biometrics of birds throughout the Greater Caribbean basin. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. 8(1): 1-33.
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
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