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Picoides scalaris; Dendrocopos scalaris; Picus scalaris
16.5 to 19 cm (6Â½ to 7Â½ inches) in length
Adult female has a black crown
 Similar Species
Nuttall's Woodpecker is similar but darker with broader dark bars across back and face.
There are 8 subspecies:
Deserts and open woodland in very dry areas; also woods along seasonally dry water courses.
They nest in cavities excavated in tree trunks. Their clutch contains 2 to 7 plain white eggs which are incubated by both adults.
Their diet consists mostly of insects, invertebrates and their larva, such as beetles, caterpillars and ants; they also eat some fruit.
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