Nuttall's woodpecker Picoides nuttallii

Identification Tips:

Adult male:

Adult female:

Similar species:

Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers have solid white backs and lack the spotting on the breast and flanks. Nuttall's Woodpecker has black auriculars bordered incompletely by white, a cleaner white breast, a different amount of red on the head of the male, less barring on the back, and less spotting on the flanks in comparison to the Ladder-backed Woodpecker. However, hybrids are known between these two species so identify each with caution in the narrow zone of overlap.