Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Three-toed Woodpecker

Three-toed Woodpecker
 The three-toed woodpecker is a woodpecker of the north.In fact their range extends further north than any other woodpecker. The American three-toed woodpeckers range extends through the boreal forests of Canada and down into the Rocky Mountains. The Eurasian three-toed woodpecker's range extends through out northern Europe and Asia. The American and Eurasian version both look similar but differ in their DNA. The three-toed woodpecker gets its common name because it is one of only a few species of woodpeckers that have only 3 toes, most species have 4. The black-backed woodpecker also has only three toes. it is found in similar habitats, although its range does not extend quite as far north. The three-toed and black-backed woodpeckers look very similar except that the three-toed woodpecker has white barring on its back while the black-backed has a plain black back, as its name would suggest.



9 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Interesting post and lovely woodpecker.

Adam Jones said...

That's a new Woodpecker for me, and very nice it is too. Thanks for sharing.

Marie C said...

This is a new bird for me. Thanks for the info. Great shot!

Hildred said...

Wonderful photo, and a familiar bird in our parts of the world.

Silver Parrot said...

What a lovely shot - love seeing birds that I don't have in my area!

bailey-road.com said...

He's a beauty!

Roger Owen Green said...

Handsome creature

ROG, ABCW

Mary Cromer said...

Oh if that is not the sweetest bird, beautiful!

Gattina said...

Never seen a 3 toed woodpecker !

Gattina
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