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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Picidae.


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  • Response: This is an adult male ladder-backed woodpecker, Picoides scalaris, a species that specialises in arid and semi-arid habitats: wooded canyons, cottonwood groves, pine and pine oak woodlands, desert scrub, and desert grasslands dominated by mesquite.

    Mystery bird: Ladder-backed woodpecker, Picoides scalaris | @GrrlScientist

  • Red-cockaded woodpecker Picoides borealis had been observed nesting, but has not been seen since the early 1980's and the species has probably become extinct due to fire suppression.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, United States

  • Among the 102 species of birds are spotted eagle Aquila clanga (VU), golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos, capercaillie Tetrao urogallus, hazel grouse Bonasa bonasia, eagle owl Bubo bubo, black woodpecker Dryocopus martius, three-toed woodpecker Picoides trydactilus and Alpine chough Pyrrhocorax graculus.

    Pirin National Park, Bulgaria

  • The 204 bird species include capercaillie Tetrao urogallus, black grouse Lyrurus tetrix, willow grouse Lagopus lagopus, hazel grouse Tetrastes bonasia, black woodpecker Dryocopus martius, three-toed woodpecker Picoides tridactylus, nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes and red-flanked bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus.

    Virgin Komi Forests, Russian Federation

  • Mature long-leaf pine forests are of particular importance to endangered species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) and the declining gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus).

    Southeastern conifer forests

  • In addition, the federally endangered bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus has been observed wintering and may even be nesting in the park, and the uncommon red-cockaded woodpecker Picoides borealis has been seen there.

    Mammoth Cave National Park, United States

  • A knowledgeable friend identified the feathers as those of a downy woodpecker Picoides pubescens.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Woodpecker, Black-backed Picoides arcticus 168, 280

    The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States

  • Yet, I did not dream of los cholis my first night in my casita; instead, I dreamed I had ladder-backed woodpecker Picoides scalaris feathers in my hair.

    NYT > Home Page

  • There are some 232 species of birds recorded in the Bialowieza region, 120 of which breed in the park and include capercaillie Tetrao urogallus, black stork Ciconia nigra, crane Grus grus, most European owls including pygmy Glaucidium passerinum and eagle owl Bubo bubo, a large number of raptors such as spotted eagle Aquila clanga (VU) and booted eagle Hieraeetus pennatus, three-toed woodpecker Picoides tridactylus, white-backed woodpecker Dendrocopus leucotos, redwing Turdus iliacus, nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes and red-breasted flycatcher Muscicapa parva.

    Bialowieza Forest, Poland


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