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Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Dryobates scalaris

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Very small woodpecker of arid habitats, including mesquite scrub and dry woodlands. Black-and-white barring on the back, patterned flanks, and buffy wash below. Males have a red cap. Sometimes visits feeders. Most similar to Nuttall's Woodpecker, but range barely overlaps. Slightly larger than Downy Woodpecker. Nests in cavities.

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