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Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)
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Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)

General Description: Black-backed Woodpeckers (Picoides arcticus) are black woodpeckers with a yellow cap and a bold white stripe on the face. The entire back is black, the underparts are white with black streaks.

Taxonomy: Piciformes, Picidae, Picinae.

Favored Habitat: High, alpine forests with dead trees.

Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)

Where to Find: Don't look for Back-backs around Las Vegas; rather, look for them in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains of California or around Lake Tahoe (or go to Canada).


Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)
Black-backed Woodpecker with an all-black back
Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)
Black-backed Woodpecker on a dead lodgepole
Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)
Black-backed Woodpecker habitat: scattered lodgepole pine forest near timberline with a good little ground fire to kill off a few trees.
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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