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Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Picoides scalaris

Ladder-backed Woodpecker
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 7 in. (18 cm)
A small woodpecker of arid scrublands and riparian forests, it rarely enters suburban areas. It eats insects pecked from wood or gleaned from the bark as well as fruits. Females feed higher in the trees and do more gleaning from the bark than the males. The nest cavity is usually in a dead limb or snag. The four-digit banding code is LBWO.

Desert
Desert

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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