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Ladder-backed Woodpecker

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[[Image:ladder-backed_woodpecker.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by {{user|Gary+Clark|Gary Clark}} <br/>Male on left, Female on right. Location: [[Whitewater Draw]], [[Arizona]], [[USA]] ]] [[Image:ladder-backed_woodpecker.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by {{user|Gary+Clark|Gary Clark}} <br/>Male on left, Female on right. Location: [[Whitewater Draw]], [[Arizona]], [[USA]] ]]
==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. The bill is very sharp, straight, and black.
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==Distribution== ==Distribution==
South-western [[United States]], [[Mexico]], and [[Nicaragua]]. South-western [[United States]], [[Mexico]], and [[Nicaragua]].

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Picoides scalaris
Photo by Gary Clark Male on left, Female on right. Location: Whitewater Draw, Arizona, USA
Photo by Gary Clark
Male on left, Female on right. Location: Whitewater Draw, Arizona, 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. The bill is very sharp, straight, and black.

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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