American Three-toed Woodpecker

American Three-toed Woodpecker high up in a dead tree
American Three-toed Woodpecker

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 8-9”
Description: Mostly black with white barring and a white patch on the back. Males have a yellow crown patch.
Migratory Status: Year-round residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Live in dense spruce-fir and other coniferous forests to 11,500 feet. They are also common in forests that have recently burned or been disturbed.
Diet: Forage by scaling the bark of trees in search for bark and wood-boring beetles and larvae.

Last updated: June 11, 2018

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