Black-backed Woodpecker

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Black-backed Woodpecker

Picoides arcticus
  • ORDER: Piciformes
  • FAMILY: Picidae
Basic Description

An uncommon woodpecker of the northern coniferous forests, the Black-backed Woodpecker prefers burned-over sites. It moves from place to place, following outbreaks of wood-boring beetles in recently burned habitats.

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Other Names
  • Pico Ártico (Spanish)
  • Pic à dos noir (French)
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