Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Dryobates scalaris

Order

PICIFORMES

Family

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Code 4

LBWO

Code 6

PICSCA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Ladder-backed Woodpecker is rated as Least Concern currently. The range of this bird species is about 3 million square kilometers. The population of the Ladder-backed Woodpecker is estimated at around 2 million individual birds. The Ladder-backed Woodpecker is native to Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Mexico, Honduras, the United States and Nicaragua. This bird is not considered to be facing any immediate dangers or threats to its range or population. The prior rating for this bird species was Lower Risk, which was downgraded to Least Concern as a result of its range and population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Ladder-backed Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with black-and-white barred upperparts, shoulders, and wings, underparts are buff-gray with black spots, buff-gray face, red crown, and black forehead, nape, rump, and tail. Outer tail feathers are white barred. Bill, legs and feet are black.


Range and Habitat North America

Ladder-backed Woodpecker: This species is a resident from southwestern states, from southern California west to Oklahoma and south throughout much of Mexico to British Honduras. They may be found in wooded canyons, cottonwood groves, pine and pine oak woodlands, desert scrub, and desert grasslands dominated by mesquite.


Range and Habitat Hawaii


Range and Habitat Palau

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Ladder-backed Woodpecker was first described in 1829 by Johann Georg Wagler, a German herpetologist.
  • This woodpecker was once called the Cactus Woodpecker.
  • Although it is restricted to desert and arid environments in the United States, it is found in pinelands in Central America.
  • A group of woodpeckers has many collective nouns, including a "descent", "drumming", and "gatling" of woodpeckers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION



SONGS AND CALLS

Xeno-Canto Sound

Ladder-backed Woodpecker C1

  • Title: Ladder-backed Woodpecker C1
  • Recordist: Paul Marvin
  • Description: Harsh rattle calls.
  • Location: TX
  • Date: "07/19/2016"

Ladder-backed Woodpecker U1

  • Title: Ladder-backed Woodpecker U1
  • Recordist: Ross Gallardy
  • Description: Call note is a short "peek".
  • Location: AZ
  • Date: "07/19/2016"

Voice Text

"pik"

Vocalization

Ladder-backed Woodpecker: Call is a clear, high-pitched "pik", often repeated.

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Samira Belous

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X