Living Bird Magazine
Arizona WoodpeckerDryobates arizonae
- ORDER: Piciformes
- FAMILY: Picidae
A Mexican species of the pine-oak mountain woodlands, the Arizona Woodpecker barely makes its way into the United States and is found only in parts of Arizona and New Mexico.More ID Info
- Pico de Arizona (Spanish)
- Pic d'Arizona (French)
- Cool Facts
- One bold Arizona Woodpecker landed on the leg of a horse and hammered on it as if it was a tree. It came back for another rap after the horse moved off, and caused the horse to plunge and kick to keep it away.
- The Arizona Woodpecker was considered the same species as the Strickland's Woodpecker of southern Mexico. Current thinking is that they are similar, but separate, species.
- Reports of Arizona Woodpeckers traveling in large social groups, like its cooperatively breeding relative the Red-cockaded Woodpecker were inaccurate. The Arizona Woodpecker is not social. A pair with their three offspring is the largest group that has been observed.