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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Ordo: Piciformes

Familia: Picidae
Subfamilia: Picinae
Genus: Gecinulus
Species: G. grantia - G. viridis

Gecinulus Blyth, 1845
The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 14 p. 192

Gecinulus is a genus of birds in the woodpecker family Picidae. The species are found in South and Southeast Asia.

The genus Gecinulus was introduced by the English zoologist Edward Blyth in 1840 to accommodate the pale-headed woodpecker (Gecinulus grantia).[1] The genus name is a diminutive of the genus name Gecinus which had been introduced by the German ornithologist Friedrich Boie in 1831. Gecinus combines the Classical Greek gē meaning "earth" or "ground" with kineō meaning "to move".[2]

The genus contains three species:[3]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Picidae - Dinopium rafflesii.JPG Gecinulus rafflesii Olive-backed woodpecker Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia
Pale-headed Woodpecker - Bhutan S4E1130 (15788036464).jpg Gecinulus grantia Pale-headed woodpecker Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam
Gecinulus viridis Bamboo woodpecker Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and the Malay Peninsula


Blyth, Edward (1845). "Notices and descriptions of various new or little known species of birds". Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 14, Part 1 (159): 173–220 [192].
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
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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