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Black-backed Woodpecker

Picoides arcticus


Black back medium-sized woodpecker. Throat, chest and belly are white, flanks are streaked with black. The head is black, with a yellow crown and a thin white and black mustache. Lacks the white streak behind the eyes showed by American Three-toed Woodpecker.


Coniferous forest of the boreal shield. It is often spotted in burned-over areas. It forages on dead conifers.

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1 Comment

JoshuaGSmith 5 years ago

This is a fantastic bird! it is my pleasure to invite you to my mission for North American Woodpeckers:

Saskatchewan, Canada

Spotted on Sep 1, 2012
Submitted on Feb 20, 2013

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