This is a small black and white woodpecker of oak woodlands. It is very similar to Ladder-backed Woodpecker, but the ranges of the two species only overlap in southern California. Upperparts are barred black and white, with the white bars narrower than the black, and a solid black band across the upper back. The head is predominantly black, with white lines above and below the eye, and a bright white tuft of nasal bristles at the base of the bill. Males have a red patch on the back half of the crown, lacking in females. Juveniles have a red patch on the center of the crown. The tail is black, except for the outer tail feathers, which are white with limited black spotting. Underparts are bright white with black spotting and barring on the sides and flanks.
Length: 19 (cm) Wingspan: 34 (cm)
Call note is usually a sharp two syllable pi-tik.
Oak woodlands, riparian woodlands.
Though somewhat restricted to oak woodlands, they are not dependent on oaks for food and they do not eat acorns.
Forages for insects by gleaning, probing, and flycatching, seldom by drilling. Occasionally eats fruit, nuts, and sap.
Expanded Life History
|Feed Ecology And Diet||Contribute Content|
|Nesting Habits||Contribute Content|
|Migration Status||Contribute Content|
|Conservation Status||Contribute Content|
|Local Sites to Spot||Contribute Content|
|Abundance Status||Contribute Content|
|Adult Male Description||Contribute Content|
|Adult Female Description||Contribute Content|
|ITIS Taxonomic Number||Contribute Content|
|Reproductive Characteristics||Contribute Content|
|Relationship to Humans||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Size & Shape||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Color & Pattern||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Habitat||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Behavior||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Wingspan||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Weight||Contribute Content|
|Cool Facts||Contribute Content|
|Local Knowledge||Contribute Content|