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White-headed Woodpecker

Leuconotopicus albolarvatus

Description:

It has a black body (approximately 20 cm (7.9 in) long) and white head. It has white primary feathers that form a crescent in flight. Males have a red spot at the nape of the neck. — Wikipedia

Habitat:

The White-headed Woodpecker is a bird of the pine forests of the far western mountains where it makes a living digging into unopened pine cones and eating the seeds. It is the only North American bird that has a white head and a black body. — AllAboutBirds.org

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2 Comments

BonnieLewis
BonnieLewis 3 years ago

Thank you Felix and Polilla! My husband and I spent 6 month in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This guy came to our birdbath daily. It was quite a shock and a treat the first time since we had never seen or heard of white-headed woodpeckers before.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Great shot and info!

BonnieLewis
Spotted by
BonnieLewis

California, USA

Spotted on Sep 7, 2015
Submitted on Apr 7, 2017

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