Living Bird Magazine
Ladder-backed WoodpeckerPicoides scalaris
- ORDER: Piciformes
- FAMILY: Picidae
A small black-and-white woodpecker of the southwestern United States and Mexico that forages and nests in cactus.More ID Info
- Pico Mexicano (Spanish)
- Pic arlequin (French)
- Cool Facts
- Although it is restricted to desert and arid environments in the United States, the Ladder-backed Woodpecker is found in pinelands in Central America.
- The oldest known Ladder-backed Woodpecker was a male and at least 4 years, 6 months old when he was caught and released in Texas. He had been banded in the same state.