Ladder-backed Woodpecker Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Ladder-backed Woodpeckers are small woodpeckers with a square head, short neck, and stiff tail that they lean against for support. The bill is rather small but straight and chisel-like.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Downy Woodpecker, smaller than a Hairy Woodpecker.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 6.3-7.1 in (16-18 cm)
      • Weight: 0.7-1.7 oz (21-48 g)
      • Wingspan: 13.0 in (33 cm)