American Three-toed Woodpecker

Distribution:

The Ameican Three-toed Woodpeckers occur naturally in the coniferous forests across western Canada, Alaska and the mid-western United States. Northern birds may move south and those breeding at high elevations may move to lower levels for the winter.

Description:

This medium-sized woodpecker measures about 21 cm (8.3 in) in length and has a wingspan of 38 cm (15 in).

Adults have a black cap on the head and black markings on the wings and rump. There is white from the throat to the abdomen.  The flanks are white with black bars. The back is white with black bars. The tail is black with the white outer feathers barred with black.

The adult male can be identified by the yellow cap

Resembles the Black-backed Woodpecker.

American Three-toed Woodpecker Species Page

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American Three-toed Woodpecker

American Three-toed Woodpecker

Bill Shape
all-purpose
dagger
Eats
suet
Regions
alaska
alberta
arizona
british columbia
colorado
idaho
iowa
kansas
labrador
maine
manitoba
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south dakota
utah
vermont
washington
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Forests
Color
black
white
Body Shape
tree-clinging
Size
small
Order
woodpeckers, barbets, toucans, honeyguides - piciformes
woodpeckers and allies - picidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern