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American Three-toed Woodpecker

Pic à dos rayé

Picoides dorsalis


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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the American Three-toed Woodpecker

B L W W W Family Latin Name
8.75" 22.2cm 15" 38.1cm 2.3 oz 65.2g Picidae Picoides dorsalis

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American Three-toed Woodpecker

Distribution: The American Three-toed Woodpecker is one of two northern woodpeckers and the Black-backed Woodpecker is the other, that have three toes instead of the normal four toes on each foot. These woodpeckers prefer dead or burnt coniferous-type trees, where it is easier to pry the bark off instead of pecking holes into the tree. They are seen from Newfoundland and Labrador through the lower half of Quebec and throughout most of Ontario. They are also found across the northern half of the prairie provinces and into the Northwest and Yukon Territories, southern regions of Alaska, as well as throughout British Columbia and into the northwestern states.




References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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