LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKER


Picoides scalaris


Description:

The Ladder-backed Woodpecker primarily eats insects, such as the wood-boring beetle larvae, caterpillars and ants. Various cacti fruit are also consumed.


Appearance:

General: 6 to 7 inches in length.

Male: Buff-white throat, breast, and belly. Black spots on its sides and flanks. Black back with white barring that extends to the nape. Black rump. Black wings with white spots on flight feathers and coverts. Black tail with black and white barred outer feathers. Buff-white head with red crown and hindneck. Black forehead. Black eyeline and black stripe extending from bill forms a "c" shaped facial pattern.

Female: Similar to male, except has black forehead, crown, cap, and hindneck.

Juveniles: Juveniles of both sexes are similar to the male, except it has a less extensive red crown and hindneck.


Habitat:

Arid areas, desert woodlands and thickets.


Nesting:

4-5 white eggs with a 13 day incubation period. Fledging occurs ? days after hatching. The nest is a cavity in a tree, cactus, pole, or post.


Observed Locations:

  • Visitors center, Anza Borrego State Park





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