A Descent of Hispaniolan Woodpeckers

One of my favorite birds from a recent trip to Dominican Republic was the Hispaniolan Woodpecker. Unlike many woodpeckers, which tend to be solitary and skittish, the Hispaniolan Woodpecker nests and feeds in descents of five to twenty pairs. They are loud, very active, social and bold. I was able to get within two or three meters of them to shoot my photos. I found these birds to be absolutely beautiful, with their red crowns, bright yellow-orange eyes, beige breasts and black and gold backs. They are endemic to the Island of Hispaniola, which means the only places you will find them are Dominican Republic and Haiti. They are found throughout the entire island. They colonize in the palm trees along the coasts and are found in agricultural fields. They are present in the wooded regions and in the deserts and mountains of the island as well. Just in case you are wondering about the title of this article, a group of woodpeckers is properly referred to as a descent.  Enjoy the photos.

Curious male Hispaniolan Woodpecker  (Melanerpes striatus) posing for a photo.

Female Hispaniolan Woodpecker clinging to the “moon.”

Female Hispaniolan Woodpecker bringing food to her nest.

Impatient juvenile Hispaniolan Wookpecker waiting for his lunch.

Twisting and Turning – Motion Blur!