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Merlin Bird ID

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    Black-backed Woodpecker Identification

    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
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.1 in (23 cm)
      • Weight: 2.1-3.1 oz (61-88 g)