Colaptes auratus rufipileus Ridgway, 1876

Guadalupe flicker, Northern flicker (generic)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Colaptes cafer rufipileus Ridgway, 1876


Conservation Status


Last record: 1906 (Barton et al. 2004)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Guadalupe Island, Mexico


Biology & Ecology




At least 12 preserved specimens exist (excluding the holotype, which probably still exists).






Original scientific description:

Ridgway 1876 Bull.U.S.Geol.Geogr.Surv.Terr.(2) 2 p.191


Other references:

Barton, D.C., Lindquist, K.E., Henry, R.W. and Luna Mendoza, L.M. (2004). Landbird and Waterbird Notes from Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. Western Birds 35(4): 186-196.

BirdLife International. (2012). Colaptes auratus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 19 August 2013.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292. [p. 181]

Matthews, Thomas J. et al. (2022). Threatened and extinct island endemic birds of the world: Distribution, threats and functional diversity. Journal of Biogeography.

Sweet, P. R., G. F. Barrowclough, J. T. Klicka, L. Montanez-Godoy, and P. Escalante-Pliego. (2001). Recolonization of the flicker and other notes from Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. Western Birds 32(1): 71-80.

Winkler, H. and Christie, D.A. (2001). Family Picidae (Woodpeckers). In Handbook of the Birds of the World Volume 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott and J. Sargatal eds). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.


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