229 out of 410 days: Picus Martius

Linneaus that great classifier of living things called this woodpecker Picus Martius, the Black Woodpecker as it’s generally known.   Its modern scientific name is Dryocopus Martius, picus now being used for another genus of the woodpecker family. But for the classicist the Picus Martius is an important bird.  Ovid puts Mars’ bird, the woodpecker, as a… Continue reading 229 out of 410 days: Picus Martius