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Black-backed Woodpecker
Picoides arcticus

Woodpeckers
Woodpecker Family (Picidae)

Size: Length: 21.5-24 cm Wingspan: 36-41 cm

Description: The black-backed woodpecker is another dark, medium sized woodpecker. Males have a small yellow patch on the forehead and crown, while females lack this patch of colour. The head is black, with a white line running from the beak towards the nape. The throat, breast, belly and undertail coverts are white. The side may show some light banding. The most distinctive characteristic is the black back. The back, rump and wings are solid black, with the exception of some white banding towards the tip of the wings. The outer tail feathers are also white.

Similar Species: The three-toed woodpecker is similar to the black-backed, but the lack of a solid black back on the three-toed distinguishes the two. This also helps to differentiate the black-backed from all other mountain woodpeckers.

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