Melancholy Woodpecker / Chloropicus lugubris

Melancholy Woodpecker / Chloropicus lugubris

Melancholy Woodpecker

SCI Name:  Chloropicus lugubris
Protonym:  Dendropicus lugubris Syst.Orn.Westafr. p.178
Taxonomy:  Piciformes / Picidae /
Taxonomy Code:  melwoo1
Type Locality:  Aguapim, Gold Coast.
Publish Year:  1857
IUCN Status:  


(Picidae; syn. Dendropicos † Fire-bellied Woodpecker D. pyrrhogaster) Gr. χλωρος khlōros  green; Late Gr. πικος pikos  woodpecker  < L. picus  woodpecker; "1. P. (Chloropicus) PYRRHOGASTER.   ...   2.       P. (Brachypternopicus) RUBROPYGIALIS.  ...  3. P. (Chloropicus) KIRKII.   ...   4. P. (Chloropicus) RUFOVIRIDIS.   ...   5. P. (Chloropicus) XANTHODERUS." (Malherbe 1845); "Chloropicus Malherbe, 1845, Revue Zoologique, VIII, p. 399.  For the benefit of The Key, type here fixed by subsequent designation, Picus (Chloropicus) pyrrhogaster Malherbe, 1845." (JAJ 2021).   
Var. Chloropicos.

L. lugubris  mournful, plaintive  < lugere  to mourn.
● ex “Merle brun du Sénégal” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 563, fig. 1 (unident.).