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    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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