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Le Pic à Dos Blanc: Monographie [The White-Backed Woodpecker Complex: Monograph]

Monograph Journal / Magazine
Series: Alauda Volume: 90(1)
By: Jean-Louis Grangé(Author)
152 pages, colour photos, colour maps, colour tables
Le Pic à Dos Blanc: Monographie [The White-Backed Woodpecker Complex: Monograph]
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Language: French

A special issue of the international ornithological review Alauda (volume 90(1), 2022)

The White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos is one of the woodpecker species specialized in a very specific trophic niche: mature forests with a predominance of deciduous trees, rich in deadwood and sapro-xylophilic insects. Its wide geographical distribution has allowed the diversification of populations in many sub-specific taxa. The “form” of the mountains in the south of our continent, called Pic de Lilford, is present in the western Pyrenees mountains (France-Spain). This special issue of Alauda traces the story of its discovery and analyzes the taxonomic treatment reserved for it at present, with the description and illustration of the subspecies and their physical characteristics. The various aspects of the life of the species (ecology, reproduction) are then developed. An introductory chapter presents the adaptations of the Picidae family, including many that are original to the avian world. Finally, we discuss the rôle of Woodpeckers in the forest and recommended some conservation measures. The book is abundantly illustrated with many unpublished documents, biographical appendices and more than 600 bibliographical references.

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Le Pic à dos blanc Dendrocopos leucotos fait parties des espèces de pics spécialisées dans une niche trophique bien particulière: forêts matures à prédominance de feuillus, riches en bois mort et en insectes sapro-xylophiles. Sa large répartition géographique a permis une diversification des populations en de nombreux taxa sub-spécifiques. La « forme » des montagnes du sud de notre continent, dénommée Pic de Lilford, est présente dans les Pyrénées occidentales et centrales franco-espagnoles. Ce numéro spécial retrace l'histoire de sa découverte et analyse le traitement taxinomique qui lui est réservé à l'heure actuelle, avec la description et l’illustration des sous-espèces et de leurs particularités physiques. Les divers aspects de la vie de l'espèce (écologie, reproduction) sont ensuite développés. Un chapitre introductif présente les adaptations de la famille des Picidés, dont beaucoup sont originales dans le monde avien. En conclusion, nous abordons le rôle des Pics en forêt et des mesures de conservation préconisées. L'ouvrage est abondamment illustré (28 planches couleur) avec de nombreux documents inédits, des annexes biographiques et plus de 600 références bibliographiques.

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Monograph Journal / Magazine
Series: Alauda Volume: 90(1)
By: Jean-Louis Grangé(Author)
152 pages, colour photos, colour maps, colour tables
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