Living Bird Magazine
American Three-toed WoodpeckerPicoides dorsalis
- ORDER: Piciformes
- FAMILY: Picidae
Found in boreal forests and montane coniferous forests across North America. Because of its choice of habitat, it is infrequently seen by most people.More ID Info
- Pico Tridáctilo Americano (Spanish)
- Pic à dos rayé (French)
- Cool Facts
- The American Three-toed Woodpecker breeds farther north than any other American woodpecker. The closely related Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker is the only woodpecker in the world that extends farther north.
- The "Three-toed Woodpecker" was split in 2003 into the American Three-toed and Eurasian Three-toed woodpeckers. The two species are nearly identical in appearance, but differ in mitochondrial DNA sequences and in voice.
- Most woodpeckers have four toes on each foot. The three-toed and Black-backed woodpeckers have only three. The loss of the fourth toe may help deliver stronger blows, but at the expense of climbing ability.