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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Piciformes
Familia: Picidae
Subfamilia: Picinae
Genus: Blythipicus
Species: B. pyrrhotis - B. rubiginosus


Blythipicus Bonaparte, 1854


L'Ateneo Italiano 2 p.124

Blythipicus is a genus of birds in the woodpecker family Picidae that are found in Southeast Asia.

The genus was introduced by the French ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1854.[1] The name was chosen to honour the English zoologist Edward Blyth whose name is combined with the Latin picus meaning "woodpecker".[2] The type species was subsequently designated as the maroon woodpecker (Blythipicus rubiginosus) by the English zoologist George Robert Gray in 1855.[3][4] The genus is in the tribe Campephilini, one of five tribes that make up the woodpecker subfamily Picinae. The genus Blythipicus is sister to a clade containing the genera Reinwardtipicus and Chrysocolaptes.[5]

The genus contains two species:[6]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Blythipicus rubiginosus Maroon woodpecker Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Myanmar, Singapore, and southern Thailand.
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis Mizoram (2).JPG Blythipicus pyrrhotis Bay woodpecker Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.


Bonaparte, Charles Lucien (1854). "Quadro dei volucri zigodattili ossia passeri a piedi scansori". In de Luca, Serafino; Müller, D. (eds.). L'Ateneo Italiano; raccolta di documenti e memorie relative al progresso delle scienze fisiche (in Italian). Volume 2. Parigi [Paris]: Victor Masson. pp. 116–129 [124].
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Gray, George Robert (1855). Catalogue of the Genera and Subgenera of Birds Contained in the British Museum. London: British Museum. p. 94.
Peters, James Lee, ed. (1948). Check-List of Birds of the World. Volume 6. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 224.
Shakya, S.B.; Fuchs, J.; Pons, J.-M.; Sheldon, F.H. (2017). "Tapping the woodpecker tree for evolutionary insight". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 116: 182–191. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.09.005. PMID 28890006.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (2020). "Woodpeckers". IOC World Bird List Version 10.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 May 2020.

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