Black-backed Woodpecker Identification

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized woodpecker.
  • Back entirely black.
  • Sides barred black-and-white.
  • Throat, chest, and belly white.
  • Face black with white and black mustache marks.
  • Male with yellow cap.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult but duller, with dull black crown (yellow patch reduced or absent), and underparts washed buff.
Relative Size

Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 9.1 in (23 cm)
    • Weight: 2.1-3.1 oz (61-88 g)
    • Wingspan: 15.8-16.5 in (40-42 cm)