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Nuttall's Woodpecker

Picoides nuttallii ORDER: PICIFORMES FAMILY: PICIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small woodpecker confined primarily to the oak woodlands of California.

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Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
6.3–7.1 in
16–18 cm
Weight
1.1–1.6 oz
30–45 g
Other Names
  • Pic de Nuttall (French)
  • Carpintero de Nuttall, Carpintero californiano (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • Although Nuttall's Woodpeckers are nearly confined to oak woodlands, they do not eat acorns.

Habitat


Open Woodland

Found primarily in oak woodlands and in riparian woods; rarely in conifers.For a discussion of distribution and habitat use, go here

Food


Insects

Insects and arthropods, some fruit.

Nesting

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
3–6 eggs
Egg Description
White eggs
Condition at Hatching
Young hatch naked and helpless.
Nest Description

Nest in cavity in trees.

Nest Placement

Cavity

Behavior


Bark Forager

Forages by gleaning, probing, prying and tapping.

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

This woodpecker is of moderate conservation importance, primarily because of its limited range, low overall density, and its association with intact oak and riparian forests. As a primary cavity nester, this species provides nest sites for many other species in these forests. Populations appear to be stable at present, and this species is common and somewhat tolerant of human activity.

Credits

  • Lowther, P. E. 2000. Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii). In  The Birds of North America, No. 555 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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