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Lewis's Woodpecker
Melanerpes lewis

Woodpeckers
Woodpecker Family (Picidae)

Size: Length: 28 cm

Description: Very uncommon in the Rockies, Lewis's woodpecker pays homage to Meriwether Lewis, co-leader of the famous Lewis & Clark expedition. This bird is an unusual woodpecker. It has a deep-green (almost black) crown, back, wings, and tail. Its face and throat are bright red. Its beak is typically woodpecker-like, long and straight. It has a white collar around the neck. The breast is white, fading to pink towards the belly. What is really unusual about this woodpecker is its widely varied feeding strategies. It pecks at trees for insects, as expected, but it also captures insects on the wing like a flycatcher. It also lacks the normally undulated flight of woodpeckers. The nest is in a cavity in the tree, usually excavated for the purpose. There are no breeding records in the study area.

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