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Arizona Woodpecker

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Arizona WoodpeckerDryobates arizonae
  • ORDER: Piciformes
  • FAMILY: Picidae

Basic Description

With its wood-brown back and spotted underparts, the Arizona Woodpecker bucks the black-and-white color trend of most North American woodpeckers. This species of Mexico’s Sierra Madre barely reaches into southern Arizona and New Mexico, where it frequents pine-oak forests at middle elevations. These small woodpeckers forage by flying to the base of a tree and then spiraling up the trunk. While it’s fairly common in the proper habitat, this species is on the Yellow Watch List because of its restricted range.

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Find This Bird

Look for Arizona Woodpeckers between about 5,000 and 5,600 feet in mountainous pine-oak forests. They’re easiest to find between late March and May, when breeding males and females are vocal. Outside the breeding season this species often joins mixed-species flocks, so check groups of chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and warblers to see if one or two Arizona Woodpeckers are traveling with them.

Other Names

  • Pico de Arizona (Spanish)
  • Pic d'Arizona (French)
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