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Browsing through a species group

Depending on your selection, you can have a family or genus displayed.

You have a number of filter options: a. all, ticked or non-ticked (Default all); b. Geographical areas (default All) and c. checklist to be used (default as per your personal settings - Clements 6.7 for birds and GT 2.0 for non-birds). If you have modified the options, you need to click on "Set Filter" to activate.

* Column 1 gives sequence # based on the checklist that has been filtered
* Column 2 has a green tick marker if you have ticked the taxa
* Column 3 shows the IUCN codes (click on the code and you will be linked to IUCN species info site)

By clicking on on the menu line on any of these 3 columns (and column 5 and 6, see below), it will sort ascendingly or descendingly. You restore to the default sequence by clicking on column 1 until you have sequence #1 at the top.

* Column 4 has a Show/Hide marker for polytypic species (i.e. a species with multiple subspecies) - click on to show the underlying taxa; click again to hide. If you have expanded a number of polytypic species, you can hide them all by clicking on the species group itself.

* Column 5 (English name), column 6 (Scientific name) and, if you have the language option other than English, column 7 (Domestic name) are self-explanatory. The English and scientific names are from the checklist that has been filtered (in this case Clements 6.7). The domestic names come from various sources and translations.

* Column 8 has markers for species or subspecies with photos ( links to Photo Gallery) and those which lack photos ( links to Photo Upload page).

You can set the value on how many entries you want to display at a time. Also, you have a Search field with a predictive search function (starts after you have typed two letters) which is handy when browsing through big species groups like e.g. hummingbirds.

Finally, you will be redirected to the info page of the species which is highlighted in yellow by clicking on it.
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1 Little Grey Woodpecker
Dendropicos elachus
AF s Mauritania and n Senegal, Mali to w Sudan
2 Speckle-breasted Woodpecker
Dendropicos poecilolaemus
AF Cameroon to Uganda, w Kenya and Rwanda
3 Abyssinian Woodpecker
Dendropicos abyssinicus
AF Eritrea and Ethiopia
4 Cardinal Woodpecker
Dendropicos fuscescens
AF widespread
    Dendropicos fuscescens lafresnayi
Senegal and Gambia to Nigeria
    Dendropicos fuscescens sharpii
Cameroon to s Sudan and n Angola
    Dendropicos fuscescens lepidus
e DRCongo to sw Ethiopia, c Kenya and nw Tanzania
    Dendropicos fuscescens hemprichii
n Ethiopia to Somalia and e Kenya
    Dendropicos fuscescens massaicus
s Ethiopia to w and c Kenya and nc Tanzania
    Dendropicos fuscescens loandae
Angola to w Tanzania, Zambia, n Namibia, n Botswana, w Zimbabwe and n South Africa
    Dendropicos fuscescens hartlaubii
s Kenya to e Zambia and c Mozambique
    Dendropicos fuscescens intermedius
e South Africa to s Mozambique
    Dendropicos fuscescens fuscescens
nc Namibia to w and c South Africa
14 Gabon Woodpecker
Dendropicos gabonensis
AF s Nigeria, to DRCongo, n Angola and w Uganda
    Dendropicos gabonensis reichenowi
s Nigeria and sw Cameroon
    Dendropicos gabonensis gabonensis
s Cameroon to w Uganda, DRCongo and n Angola
17 Melancholy Woodpecker
Dendropicos lugubris
AF Sierra Leone to sw Nigeria
18 Stierling's Woodpecker   NT 
Dendropicos stierlingi
AF s Tanzania, s malawi and nw Mozambique
19 Elliot's Woodpecker
Dendropicos elliotii
AF c, wc
    Dendropicos elliotii johnstoni
e Nigeria, sw Cameroon, Mt. Kupe (wc Cameroon) and Bioko I. (Gulf of Guinea)
    Dendropicos elliotii elliotii
s Cameroon and Gabon to Uganda, nw Angola
22 African Grey Woodpecker
Dendropicos goertae
AF Mauritania and Senegal to w Ethiopia to nw Tanzania, s Gabon, nw Angola and s-central DRCongo
    Dendropicos goertae koenigi
Mali to w Sudan
    Dendropicos goertae abessinicus
e Sudan to w Ethiopia
    Dendropicos goertae goertae
Senegal and Gambia to Mali.
    Dendropicos goertae centralis
Sierra Leone to Nigeria, s Sudan, w Kenya and nw Tanzania
    Dendropicos goertae meridionalis
s Gabon and nw Angola to sc DRCongo
28 Eastern Grey Woodpecker
Dendropicos spodocephalus
AF Highlands of n-c Tanzania and c Kenya to e Sudan and c Ethiopia
    Dendropicos spodocephalus spodocephalus
e Sudan, c and s Ethiopia
    Dendropicos spodocephalus rhodeogaster
c Kenya to nc Tanzania
31 Olive Woodpecker
Dendropicos griseocephalus
AF s, sc
    Dendropicos griseocephalus ruwenzori
Angola, n Zambia, n Malawi and c Tanzania to se DR Congo and sw Uganda.
    Dendropicos griseocephalus kilimensis
n and e Tanzania
    Dendropicos griseocephalus griseocephalus
s Mozambique to South Africa
35 Brown-backed Woodpecker
Dendropicos obsoletus
AF ec, c, w
    Dendropicos obsoletus obsoletus
Senegal and Gambia to s Sudan and w Uganda south to s Cameroon and ne DRCongo
    Dendropicos obsoletus heuglini
e Sudan to n Ethiopia
    Dendropicos obsoletus ingens
s Ethiopia to Uganda and c Kenya
    Dendropicos obsoletus crateri
n Tanzania

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