Found in deserts and desert scrub.Back to top
Insects and arthropods.Back to top
Nest in cavity in trees and cactus.
|Clutch Size:||4-7 eggs|
|Egg Description:||White eggs|
|Condition at Hatching:||Young hatch naked and helpless.|
Forages by gleaning, probing, prying, and tapping; only occasionally excavates.Back to top
Ladder-backed Woodpecker populations were relatively stable between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 6 million with 36% living in the U.S., and 63% in Mexico. The species rates a 9 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Ladder-backed Woodpecker is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. Back to top
Lowther, Peter E., Peter Pyle and Michael A. Patten. 2017. Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris), version 3.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.
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Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, Jr. Ziolkowski, D. J. and W. A. Link. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, results and analysis 1966-2013 (Version 1.30.15). USGS Patuxtent Wildlife Research Center 2014b. Available from http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/.
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