Ladder-backed woodpecker Picoides scalaris


Identification Tips:

Adult male:

Adult female:

Similar species:

Nuttall's Woodpecker has black auriculars bordered by white, a cleaner white breast, and less spotting on the flanks. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers have solid white backs and lack the spotting on the breast and flanks. Hyrbids are known with Nuttall's Woodpecker, so identify these species with caution in the narrow zone of overlap.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.


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