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White-headed Woodpecker

Dryobates albolarvatus

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Distinctive woodpecker, unlikely to be confused with any other species. Almost entirely black with white head and small white wing patch. Males have red patch on back of crown; sexes otherwise alike. No other woodpecker shows clean white head and lack of patterning on back or belly. Found in coniferous forests, often in mountains. Usually seen in pairs or family groups. Listen for sharp "peek" notes, often rapidly doubled or tripled.

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