Ladder-backed Woodpecker

 

MaleDistribution:

North American woodpecker can be found year-round over the southwestern United States north to extreme southern Nevada and extreme southeastern Colorado, south to include most of Mexico, and in Central America as far south as Nicaragua.

Description

The Ladder-backed Woodpecker measures 16.5 to 19 cm (6 - 7 inches) in length. The plumage is primarily colored black and white, with a barred pattern on the back and wings resembling the rungs of a ladder.

The rump is speckled with black. The cream-colored underparts are also speckled with black on the breast and flanks.

Adult males can be identified by their red crown patches, which are smaller in immature males and absent in adult females.

This species resembles the  Nuttall's Woodpecker (found in southern California and northern Baja California), but  the former has much less black on  the head and upper back.

 

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Bill Shape
all-purpose
dagger
Eats
fruit
nuts
suet
sugar-water
sunflower-seed
Regions
arizona
baja california
california
colorado
kansas
mexico
nevada
new mexico
oklahoma
texas
utah
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Sounds
buzzing
Habitat
mesquitebosque
riparianorriverforest
Deserts
Forests
Color
black
blackandwhite
gray
white
Body Shape
tree-clinging
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
woodpeckers and allies - picidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern