Black-backed woodpecker Picoides arcticus


Identification Tips:

Adult male:

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All other woodpecker have white or barred backs, and Downy and Hairy woodpeckers have unbarred flanks. Only Three-toed Woodpecker could be confused with the Black-backed Woodpecker. Black-backed Woodpecker is distinguished from the Three-toed Woodpecker by the entirely black back, postocular stripe which does not extend down neck, and wholly white outer tail feathers.

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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