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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Birds



Ladder-backed woodpecker (female) - (Picoides scalaris)

 Ladder-backed woodpecker (female)

 Ladder-backed woodpecker (female)

Size: 7 inches
Overall Color: black-white
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: insects, cactus fruits
Nest: cavity
Field Identification: white eye stripe, black and white barred back
Season: year-round

Ladder-backed woodpecker (female)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae (woodpeckers)
Genus: Picoides
species: scalaris

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