Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera), also known as Japanese Green Woodpecker, is a medium-sized woodpecker similar and closely related to the Green Woodpecker, but endemic to Japan.
This species reaches about 30cm in length, with bright green wings and tail, a red or black mustache and crown (as opposed to the black face of the Green Woodpecker), gray head, neck, and chest, and white underparts with black markings.
Japanese Woodpecker is divided into at least two subspecies:
- P. a. awokera, the nominate subspecies, found on Honsh?
- P. a. horii, native to Ky?sh?
The binomial is a reference to the Japanese name of the species, aogera.