Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ladder-backed woodpecker

ladder-back woodpecker The ladder-backed woodpecker is a small woodpecker that is found in arid habitats. It has a range that includes southern parts of California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas as well as Mexico and parts of Central America. I took these pics in south Texas.
ladder-back woodpecker The ladder-back woodpecker is a cavity nester. They will usually nest in holes in trees or cacti. They are usually seen boring into trees or foraging under the bark looking for caterpillars, beetle larva and other insects to eat. They will also eat the fruit from blooming cacti.



12 comments:

Andrew said...

A wonderful little bird to see..

Larry said...

Beautiful shots of the Ladder-backed Woodpecker! I have only seen its cousin the Nuttall's Woodpecker and I'm lucky that they nest on my property

zongrik said...

i love the colors on that bird


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Pat said...

What a beauty!

KaHolly said...

Great shots of the Ladderback!! They are so handsome, but always look like they need to come their hair!

HansHB said...

Great post and lovely photos of this woodpecker!

Roger Owen Green said...

I misread. I thought it was a laid-back woodpecker!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

trav4adventures said...

What a beautiful bird! I'm going to have to look for one in our desert. Are they near Palm Springs, CA?

kirstallcreatures said...

Wonderful looking bird & nice shots

Paula Scott said...

Gosh darn-if that isn't the cutest woodpecker I've ever seen!

Springman said...

Thanks for these great looks at this beautiful woodpecker. Beauties!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a lovely chap, this
Ladder- Backed Woodpecker. Brilliant images captured!
Happy Easter season~