NUTALL'S WOODPECKER


Picoides nuttallii


Description:

This cute, little woodpecker prefers to climb around and feed in oak groves. Insects are the birds main diet. This bird is almost entirely restricted to California and is named after a California naturalist, Thomas Nutall.


Appearance:

General: 6.5 to 7.5 inches in length.

Male: White underparts with black spots. Black upperparts with white bars. Black cheek. Black bill. Red cap on head.

Female: Similiar to male, except it lacks the red cap.


Habitat:

Oak woodlands and streamside vegetation.


Nesting:

3-6 white eggs with a 14 day incubation period. Fledging occurs 29 days after hatching. The eggs are laid in a hole in a thin, dead branch of an Oak or Cottonwood tree.


Observed Locations:

  • Lake Murray, La Mesa
  • Santee Lakes, Santee
  • Mission Trails Park, San Diego
  • Guajome County Park, Oceanside
  • Paso Picaco Campground, Cuyamaca State Park, Cuyamaca





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