In Greek and Roman mythology, Picus was a man turned into a woodpecker by Circe for scorning her love. His wife was Canens, a nymph, who killed herself after he was transformed. They had one son, Faunus.

He is featured in one of the Metamorphoses of Ovid, and is mentioned by Virgil in the Aeneid as being the father of Faunus, who in turn fathered Latinus, the king of the Laurentines whom Aeneas and the Trojans fight, and later join. Picus is the god of fortune and prophecy

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