Ladder-backed WoodpeckerPicoides scalaris
7" (18 cm). Barred black and white back; strong facial pattern forms triangle on buffy-white cheek. Male has red cap, female has black cap.
A sharp pik, similar to that of Downy Woodpecker; also a descending whinny.
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Arid areas with thickets and trees.
Resident in southwestern United States from California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas south into tropics.
Within most of its range, the Ladder-back is the only small woodpecker so marked. The most numerous member of its family in Texas, it replaces the Downy Woodpecker in more arid areas. Familiar and trusting, it frequents ranches, yards in rural areas, and parks. It is closely related to Nuttall's Woodpecker of California.
4 or 5 white eggs in a hole in a tree, cactus, pole, or post.