Taxon profile


Piciformes Meyer & Wolf, 1810

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Aves - birds »  superorder Neognathae

Scientific synonyms



Dendrocopos major - Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major - Great Spotted Woodpecker, male

Author: Ivan Mikšík

Ramphastos sulfuratus - Keel-billed Toucan

Ramphastos sulfuratus - Keel-billed Toucan

Author: Vladimír Motyčka

Trachyphonus darnaudii - D'Arnaud's Barbet

Trachyphonus darnaudii - D'Arnaud's Barbet

Author: Vladimír Motyčka

Functions restricted to taxon Piciformes


Included taxa

Number of records: 13

family Indicatoridae Swainson, 1837 - honeyguides
family Ramphastidae Vigors, 1825 - toucans
family Capitonidae Bonaparte, 1838 - American barbets
family Picidae Leach, 1820 - woodpeckers, piculets and wrynecks
family Lybiidae Sibley & Ahlquist, 1985 - African barbets
family Megalaimidae Blyth, 1852 - Asian barbets
family Semnornithidae Prum, 1988 - prong-billed barbets

Fossil taxa

family Gracilitarsidae Mayr, 2001 inc.sed.
family Miopiconidae Mayr, 1998
family Picavidae Mayr & Gregorová, 2012
family Zygodactylidae Brodkorb, 1971 inc.sed.
genus Neanis Shufeldt, 1913 inc.sed.
genus Rupelramphastoides Mayr, 2005 inc.sed.

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extinct taxon

inc.sed. incertae sedis - uncertain placement within this taxon