|Male Nuttall's woodpecker in California, USA|
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The genus Dryobates was named by the German naturalist Friedrich Boie in 1826 with the downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) as the type species.
The genus name Dryobates is from the Greek compound word δρυο-βάτης : 'woodland walker'; from δρῦς : drus (genitive δρυός : dryós) meaning woodland and -βάτης : -bátēs meaning walker. In the eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, the genus Dryobates is expanded to include all the species in Leuconotopicus and Veniliornis.
The genus contains the following species:
|Male||Female||Scientific name||Common Name||Distribution|
|Dryobates nuttalli||Nuttall's woodpecker||northern California extending south towards the northwest region of Baja California, Mexico|
|Dryobates pubescens||Downy woodpecker||North America|
|Dryobates scalaris||Ladder-backed woodpecker||southwestern United States (north to extreme southern Nevada and extreme southeastern Colorado), most of Mexico, and locally in Central America as far south as Nicaragua|
|Dryobates minor||Lesser spotted woodpecker||Europe|
|Dryobates cathpharius||Crimson-breasted woodpecker||Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam|
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- ^ Boie, Friedrich (1826). "Generalübersicht". Isis von Oken (in German). Jena. 18–19. Col 977.
- ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
- ^ Clements, J.F.; Schulenberg, T.S.; Iliff, M.J.; Billerman, S.M.; Fredericks, T.A.; Sullivan, B.L.; Wood, C.L. (2021). "The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2021". Retrieved 14 January 2022.
- ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Woodpeckers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
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