Arizona Woodpecker Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A small, compact woodpecker with a relatively long, straight, chisel-like bill.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Downy Woodpecker, smaller than a Hairy Woodpecker.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.1-7.9 in (18-20 cm)
      • Weight: 1.2-1.8 oz (34-51 g)
      • Wingspan: 14.2 in (36 cm)

Regional Differences

Ornithologists recognize two subspecies: arizonae, resident from Arizona and New Mexico south to northwestern Durango and northeastern Sinaloa, Mexico. A smaller darker subspecies, fraterculus, occurs from southwestern Sinaloa and central Durango south to Michoacán, Mexico.