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Photo by UncleGus_24
Madera Canyon, Arizona, USA, October 2008
Dryobates arizonae

Identification

18cm.

  • Brown upperparts
  • Dark rump
  • White underparts speckled with many brown spots
  • Three white wing bars
  • Two white stripes across the face
  • White bar on the neck

Males have a red nape patch

Distribution

North and Central America: found in South-east Arizona, north and west Mexico.

Taxonomy

Formerly treated conspecific with Strickland's Woodpecker. Split now accepted by Clements and Howard & Moore.
Placed in genus Leuconotopicus by Gill and Donsker. Formerly included in genus Picoides

Subspecies[1]

  • D. a. arizonae:
  • South-eastern Arizona to north-western Mexico (northern Sinaloa and adjacent Durango)
  • D. a. fraterculus:
  • Western Mexico (southern Sinaloa and adjacent Durango to Michoacán)

Habitat

Pine forests and mixed pine-oak slopes, wooded gardens and canyons at heights of about 4,500 to 7,000 feet.

Behaviour

Breeding

They nest in a cavity excavated from a dead tree trunk. Three to four white eggs are laid on a bed of wood chips.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. WhatBird

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