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Lewis's Woodpecker

Melanerpes lewis ORDER: PICIFORMES FAMILY: PICIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A dark woodpecker of open woodlands, the Lewis's Woodpecker is found westward of the Great Plains. Its slow, deliberate flight reminds one of a crow or jay more than a woodpecker.

Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized woodpecker.
  • Head, back, wings, and tail greenish black.
  • Gray collar and chest.
  • Dark red face.
  • Belly pinkish or salmon red.
  • Wings and tail all dark, without white spots or patches.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but lacking red face and gray collar and chest.

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