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Ladder-backed Woodpecker

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==Identification== ==Identification==
16.5 to 19 cm (6½ to 7½ inches) in length. Black and white, barred pattern on back and wings. Rump, breast and flanks speckled with black. Adult males have a red crown patch that is smaller in immatures and lacking in adult females. 16.5 to 19 cm (6½ to 7½ inches) in length. Black and white, barred pattern on back and wings. Rump, breast and flanks speckled with black. Adult males have a red crown patch that is smaller in immatures and lacking in adult females.

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Picoides scalaris
Photo by Fulmar Photo taken in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Morongo Valley, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Photo by Fulmar
Photo taken in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Morongo Valley, San Bernardino County, California, USA

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Identification

16.5 to 19 cm (6½ to 7½ inches) in length. Black and white, barred pattern on back and wings. Rump, breast and flanks speckled with black. Adult males have a red crown patch that is smaller in immatures and lacking in adult females.

Distribution

South-western United States, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

Taxonomy

Habitat

Dry brushy areas and thickets.

Behaviour

They nest in cavities excavated from tree trunks. 2 and 7 plain white eggs are laid and incubated by both sexes. Diet includes insects and their larva, and also fruit produced by cacti.

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