American Three-toed Woodpecker

Left: American Three-toed Woodpecker female. Right: American Three-toed Woodpecker male. Both on tree trunks
Left: American Three-toed Woodpecker female. Right: American Three-toed Woodpecker male.

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: July 5, 2019

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