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Merlin Bird ID

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    Ladder-backed Woodpecker Identification

    Adult Description

    • A small black-and-white woodpecker of the southwestern United States and Mexico that forages and nests in cactus.

    Male Description

    Red cap extends from nape to mid-crown, where it turns spotted red, black, and white.

    Female Description

    Black from nape to forehead. May have white spots or streaks on forehead and crown.

    Immature Description

    Juveniles of both sexes have red on crown. Red feathering is less extensive than on adult male.
    Relative Size

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